Whales and Manatees beaching themselves

  1. For the second day in a row 50 plus Pilot Whales have beached themselves on Cape Cod and 6 Manatees beached themselves in Florida. What the heck is going on??? They have decided in Cape Cod to not intervene further. Sad huh?
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  3. by   Mkue
    yes, it is sad, just saw it on the news, wish they could do something

    so sad to watch this happening.

    what is going on ? is a good question.
  4. by   nurseratchett29
    They saved a lot of the whales yesterday, I heard. It is sad. I happens from time to time and has been happening forever.
  5. by   Mkue
    was just reading a report that said some of the whales were euthanized tuesday.

    also the manatees in fla. some believe they are females who purposely beach themselve to get away from herds of males.
  6. by   vettech
    Originally posted by fedupnurse
    For the second day in a row 50 plus Pilot Whales have beached themselves on Cape Cod and 6 Manatees beached themselves in Florida. What the heck is going on??? They have decided in Cape Cod to not intervene further. Sad huh?
    I used to work for 2 zoo vets, one of whom was a real pioneer in exotic animal medicine. After a big stranding back when I started working for them, they said that the best guesses are one of two things.

    A> Illness. Often when an entire pod beaches, there's sickness in the group. Biologists and vets theorize this is actually a group euthenasia to protect the other whales of that species in the area. This would explain much of why the fight against rescue and immediately return. The Cape Cod Pilot Whales (which, incidentally, are actually dolphins) were indeed sick, but I didn't read what specific illness they found.

    B> Navigational error - This may or may not be in combination with illness. There studies showing that man-made devices such as sonar can disrupt the ability of cetaceans to navigate. And its not just military that's responsible. There are maritime mapping missions to plan routes for pipoelines and undersea land lines (i.e. for phone etc) that really pound the ocean and these sounds carry for tens even hundreds of miles.

    Incidentally, the Manatees issue was none of the above. It was a group of males chasing a female who was in heat when they got caught by the tide.
  7. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by vettech


    I used to work for 2 zoo vets, one of whom was a real pioneer in exotic animal medicine. After a big stranding back when I started working for them, they said that the best guesses are one of two things.

    A> Illness. Often when an entire pod beaches, there's sickness in the group. Biologists and vets theorize this is actually a group euthenasia to protect the other whales of that species in the area. This would explain much of why the fight against rescue and immediately return. The Cape Cod Pilot Whales (which, incidentally, are actually dolphins) were indeed sick, but I didn't read what specific illness they found.

    B> Navigational error - This may or may not be in combination with illness. There studies showing that man-made devices such as sonar can disrupt the ability of cetaceans to navigate. And its not just military that's responsible. There are maritime mapping missions to plan routes for pipoelines and undersea land lines (i.e. for phone etc) that really pound the ocean and these sounds carry for tens even hundreds of miles.

    Incidentally, the Manatees issue was none of the above. It was a group of males chasing a female who was in heat when they got caught by the tide.

    vettech

    Thank you for clearing that up !!I appreciate your knowledge. !!

  8. by   mattsmom81
    I was surprised the first time it happened...but totally amazed to hear it happened again...interesting info everyone.

    I recall as a child watching movies about the lemmings that follow each other off cliffs.....and wondering why.

    So many mysteries in life!!
  9. by   donmurray
    Originally posted by vettech



    Incidentally, the Manatees issue was none of the above. It was a group of males chasing a female who was in heat when they got caught by the tide.
    Men!
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by donmurray


    Men!
  11. by   kelligrl
    Originally posted by donmurray


    Men!
    :roll Yep, gotta love 'em!!

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