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Humpback whales that spend their winters in Hawaii, like this mother and calf, have declined over the last decade. Martin van Aswegen/Marine Mammal Research Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa, NMFS Permit No: 21476/21321 hide caption

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A team of wildlife officials collaborated with whale experts to free a humpback whale off the coast of Gustavus, Alaska last month. Sean Neilson/NOAA MMHSRP Permit No. 24359 hide caption

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People work around the carcass of a dead whale in Lido Beach, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Experts explain why humpback whales are washing up on the East Coast

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A humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia in 2018. Michael Packard says he was nearly swallowed by one such whale on Friday as he dove for lobsters off the coast of Provincetown Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In this photo released by NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program is an entangled subadult humpback whale off the Hawaiian island of Maui, on Tuesday. A young humpback whale has been freed of about 100 feet of line entangled in its mouth and flipper. AP hide caption

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