The animals showed signs of emaciation, which may have been triggered by lack of food due to melting sea ice.
A federal agency is asking property owners to help volunteer their space so dead whales can decompose.
The federal agency is calling on property owners to volunteer space where a mounting toll of dead whales can decompose naturally.
"Is this the harbinger of things to come?” one ecologist asked.
Many of the whales that are dying off the California coast appear significantly underweight, researchers warn.
How does a 45 ton whale manage to rescue a 300 pound seal? Or drive off a pack of hungry orcas in an attempt to save a baby of a different species? The following two incidents reveal how humpback whales did both of those things, adding a whole new meaning to the phrase "gentle giants.'