Subject: Re: beached whales and concerns

Greg Early (
Thu, 22 Oct 1998 16:06:16 -0400

At 07:37 PM 10/19/98 -0700, you wrote:
>I have to write information on how and why whales become beached..and how
we can help prevent this from happening to reserve this endangered species
for as long as we are lucky enough to have them around.
>                                                      Sincerely,
>                                             Megan McCubbins
>Attachment Converted: "C:\TEMP\MAIL\beachedw"


Most whales that come ashore are either sick, injured or young that have
lost their herd.  Some whales may die at sea and wash in when the tide or
wind push them in.  Sometimes a whole herd of whales will run ashore.  We
think that this is because whales that live in herds will follow each other
and if one whale comes ashore the rest will probably follow.

I hope this helps,


Greg Early
Edgerton Research Laboratory				
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, Mass 02110
617-973-5246 (phone)
617-723-6207 (FAX)