~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 10 Feb 98 12:51:00 GMT From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Weather Change, Abnormal Curre Weather Change, Abnormal Currents Blamed for ... HAIKOU (Feb. 5) XINHUA - Chinese marine mammal experts say sudden weather change and abnormal ocean currents are responsible for the stranding of grey whales and white dolphins on the shore of southern China's Hainan Province. In the past few days, more than a dozen grey whales and white dolphins have been stranded in shallow waters along the coast of China's southern tip. Because of the whales' huge size, returning them to the deep sea waters was difficult. Many of them died of hunger, but local people successfully helped three stranded grey whales return to the sea. Marine experts said the whales' locator system malfunctioned because of the sudden weather change. They said the dolphins also were affected by the abnormal ocean currents. Though whales are stranded every year off Hainan, the number is usually much smaller than this year, marine experts said.