Subject: Re: Why do whales beach themselves ?

Greg Early (
Thu, 22 Oct 1998 16:28:45 -0400

At 07:49 PM 10/19/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Why do they do this especially 100's at a time?


Most of the whales that end up on shore do it one at a time, but every so
often a whole herd of whales will come ashore at the same time.  The only
whales that do this also happen to be whales that live in big herds.  For
example pilot whales mass strand, baleen whales do not.  Of all of the
whales species only a few (a half a dozen or so) mass strand.  Although the
exact reason they do this will probably vary from place to place, the real
reason is that these whales do EVERYTHING together.  For pilot whales (that
mass strand a lot) they live together, they feed together, and when they
make a mistake near shore, they can all come ashore together.



Greg Early
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