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Originally posted by Moreonethananyone
Im not dismissing your claim that an earthquake is iminant but Id be looking at US navy for these strandings.Their technology cares nothing for the enviroment and thier powerful sonar is known to completely mess with
Whales and Dolphins.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
Unless you can pinpoint these beachings consistently with earthquakes I don't think they're related.
Right whales are the only large baleen whales regularly seen along the southeastern coast of the United States. They have been adopted as the official marine mammal for the State of Georgia. The right whale was heavily hunted by commercial whalers until the 1950s. The right whale got its name because it was the "right whale to kill. It was a slow swimmer, produced large amounts of oil and baleen, and it floated after it was harpooned. These characteristics made the right whale a favorite target for whalers.
Scientists estimate that between 200 to 300 right whales may be left in the western North Atlantic population. Other populations of right whales are found along the South African coast and along the coast of Argentina. These populations of whales apparently do not mix with each other.
It is a puzzle why the gray whale of the Pacific has recovered from being heavily hunted while the right whale has not. Laws protecting these whales are equally strong and have been enforced for an equal amount of time. Gray whales have increased from near extinction to 16,000 individuals since the 1950s. Right whale populations have not increased during the same time period. This leads scientists to believe that other environmental problems such as water pollution and collisions with and sounds from ships may affect the right whales more than the gray whale. One concern is that the right whale may disappear entirely before we can learn enough about it to help it recover.