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(LARSON BAY, Ala.) –A whale of a mystery for Alaska as dead whales wash ashore.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling the deaths of 30 large whales since May “an unusual mortality event,” according to a press release.

“An unusual mortality event is a stranding event that is unexpected, involves a significant die-off of a marine mammal population, and demands immediate response,” said the press release.

The NOAA said the 30 washed up whales included 11 fin whales, 14 humpback whales, one gray whale, and four “unidentified cetaceans.”

An NOAA spokesman believes the deaths may have been caused by a harmful algal bloom that’s been spreading up the west coast, but the deaths are still under investigation.

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