NOAA Fisheries is declaring the recent deaths of 41 humpback whales from 2016 through present from Maine to North Carolina to be an unusual mortality event, triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. Members of the media

are invited to join a teleconference on Thursday, April 27, to hear more details and ask questions of our whale experts. NOAA representatives will provide the latest information on the death of the whales and talk about next steps. MORE