NOAA: No evidence whale deaths are linked to offshore wind projects

Chopper 12 was over the scene Monday at Whiting Beach when the juvenile female whale was first spotted.

News 12 Staff

Feb 14, 2023, 5:58 PM

Updated 426 days ago

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There is no evidence to suggest any linkage between offshore wind and a spike of whale deaths, according to a communications specialist to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Andrea Gomez’s comments come after nearly 20 whales have been found dead in the last few months on the East Coast. Several of those have washed up on New Jersey and New York beaches.
Chopper 12 was over the scene Monday at Whiting Beach when the juvenile female whale was first spotted. Dozens of people lined up on the shore to catch a glimpse. It's become a political flashpoint with clean energy in the spotlight.
Cindy Zipf, of Clean Ocean Action, believes there is a link to the offshore wind and the whale deaths.
“How many simultaneous activities were going on?” she asked. “How much racket was going on for the whales to deal with?”
For now, the Town of Manasquan is working toward having the whale removed from the shore. Gomez says heavy equipment will be arriving what would lift the estimated 20,000-pound whale to a more secure location to perform a necropsy.
In the meantime, the mayors of 12 Jersey Shore towns have called for a moratorium on wind development.


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