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“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
Biologists will perform necropsies on one whale that died and three that were euthanized after becoming stranded on a South Carolina beach.
Pilot whales are usually at least 100 miles offshore, “so when you see them come this close to shore, it’s definitely alarming…”
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…