For the second time in less than a month, a dead whale has been found floating in Turnagain Arm.

According to a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency statement the latest carcass, a gray whale, was spotted drifting as of 4 p.m. Wednesday a couple hundred yards offshore from the Placer and Twentymile rivers.

However, it is not safely reachable for NOAA Fisheries officials to access and perform a necropsy. Officials are advising people to stay away and not attempt to reach it.

On April 30, a previously stranded humpback whale was found dead south of Girdwood, near Mile 86 of the Seward Highway. Various parts of that whale, a young female, were recovered by both scientists and subsistence users.

The latest death occurs amid a wave of 52 gray whale deaths along the West Coast, according to NOAA. Some of the examined animals have been emaciated and malnourished.

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