A new report finds Alaska is the most threatened marine mammal in the country, and it’s a lot worse than it seems.
Researchers from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game found that blue whales, a threatened species, are endangered across the state.
According to the report, Alaska’s two blue whales have been threatened for the past 15 years, and have lost more than 95 percent of their breeding females.
According a NOAA press release, the blue whale population in Alaska has declined from about 20,000 to less than 5,000 animals in the past 20 years.
NOAA scientists said the state’s population of sea lions, otters and sea otters has declined by at least 80 percent.
This is a story of survival.
The Alaska blue whale is the only known North American mammal that survives in the wild.
The species is the largest marine mammal on Earth and one of the few that can be hunted and hunted for its flesh.
According the NOAA researchers, the decline in Alaska’s population has happened because of a variety of factors, including overfishing, overfished fishing gear, overuse of trawlers and fishing lines, habitat destruction, climate change and overfarming.
The report found that Alaska’s current population of blue whales is roughly three-quarters of their historic peak.
Alaska is the fifth state to declare a state of emergency due to a decline in the blue whales population, after California, New York, North Dakota and South Dakota.
According an Alaska Dispatch News report, a blue whale can weigh up to 30 tons, and live for 30 years.
It’s also a highly migratory species that can reach Alaska’s waters during the spring and summer months.
The Alaska Department is investigating the cause of the decline and said it’s not certain if the species is overfisheried or overfishes.
The state’s Fisheries Department is also investigating the report and will issue a final report to the public by October 31, according to the Alaska Dispatch.