15 Feb '15, 12pm

Why do pilot whales and many others strand themselves so often related orca rarely do?

Why do pilot whales and many others strand themselves so often related orca rarely do?

Happier times for Globiocephala melas, as a mother and baby enjoy their open ocean habitat.Pilot whales image ; Credit: © Shutterstock Why do pilot whales and many others strand themselves so often, although the closely related killer whales rarely do? The basic argument among marine zoologists is that some of the pod could be sick and are first to place themselves in shallow water or on a beach. The others communicate with them and follow their lead. The latest stranding in New Zealand is at a well-known and, indeed, well-named outcrop of land for the whales, Farewell Spit, at the strategic northerly point of South Island. Florida and Scotland have lengthy and historic records of similar beachings, with an infamous stranding on Cape Cod in 1902. Orcadians may recall their forebears calling,the beasts from the sea, --- for food! In many places, the pilot whale is the most ...

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