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Why Do Whales Beach Themselves?

Recently, 200 whales washed up on a beach in New Zealand, and many died from dehydration before they were rescued? Why do whales do this to themselves?

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Almost 200 whales stranded on New Zealand beach

“Almost 200 pilot whales stranded themselves Friday on a New Zealand beach renowned as a deathtrap for the marine mammals, conservation officials said.”

Why Do Whales Beach Themselves?

“As the effort to coax the surviving members of the more than 70 beached whales in New Zealand back out to sea continues, the event has brought to light the puzzle marine biologists face in trying to determine what causes mass whale strandings.”

Why Are Dolphins Beaching Themselves?

“From New England to Peru, an unprecedented number of dolphins have been beaching themselves in recent weeks, and experts are grappling to understand why.”

Smithsonian Scientists Solve “Sudden Death at Sea” Mystery

“Mass strandings of whales have puzzled people since Aristotle.”

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