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Uptick in West Coast gray whale strandings puzzles scientists
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- It's not just endangered southern resident orca numbers that are worrisome. There's another local whale federal agencies are watching. Gray whale strandings are significantly up from years prior, NOAA officials said. Thirty-seven gray whales have been stranded in Washington, Oregon and California this year. That's up from 25 over all of last year.