Point Lay, Platinum sites of two more dead gray whales on Alaska coast

A dead gray whale found near Point Lay, Alaska in July 2019 (Photo from NOAA)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Two more dead gray whales have been found in Alaska, with one being confirmed near Point Lay, and the other near Platinum, bringing the state's total to 24 gray whales this year.

NOAA Alaska spokesperson Julie Speegle says scientists confirmed the 23rd dead gray whale about 30 miles south of Point Lay, a community on Alaska's northern coast on the Chukchi Sea. The first indication of that whale was a social media post on July 8.

A dead gray whale near Point Lay (Photo courtesy Sophie Tracey)

That same day, a gray whale was discovered in Carter Bay, near Platinum, in Southwest Alaska. That whale was reported to NOAA on July 11.

The two whales are the two farthest north so far this year, though Point Lay is hundreds of miles farther north.

A gray whale found dead near Platinum. (Photo from NOAA)

Those two whale discoveries near the July 4th weekend are in addition to 7 whales located and confirmed dead by NOAA in a short span of time.

To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, you can call the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-877-925-7773, or report to the Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16.

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