Rescuers scramble to help beached whales after mass stranding in Australia

Rescuers scramble to help beached whales after mass stranding in Australia


Beached pilot whales. Photo source: ©© Angieandsteeve
“Of all cetaceans – whales and dolphins – pilot whales are the species most likely to strand themselves. Their name itself, pilot whale, comes from their propensity to follow a single leader…” Captions: Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan or, The Whale

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More than 140 short-finned pilot whales died after a mass stranding on a beach in Western Australia.

A group of around 150 whales became stranded at Hamelin Bay, around 300 kilometers south of the state’s capital city Perth…

Read Full Article; CNN (03-23-2018)

Mass Stranding: Hundreds of Pilot Whales Beach Themselves Again; LiveScience (02-11-2017)

NASA scientists have launched a study of a more far-out idea: that solar storms mess with the internal compasses of whales and dolphins, leading to stranding events. Experts at Massey University are expected to undertake animal autopsies, or necropsies, of some of the pilot whales today, according to the DOC.

Mass Strandings of Pilot Whales: A Study, Science Daily (03-14-2013)
Biologists since Aristotle have puzzled over the reasons for mass strandings of whales and dolphins, in which groups of up to several hundred individuals drive themselves up onto a beach…

Are humans to blame for mass whale strandings? by Philip Hoare, Guardian UK (05-201-2011)

What makes this New Zealand beach a whale graveyard? BBC News (02-13-2017)

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