posted on Dec, 8 2013 @ 08:51 AM
The size of the pod is larger than normal, but this really is not uncommon to have marine mammals toss up the white flag or make a wrong turn at
Albuquerque, on either
coast here. Back in October, for example, a sperm wale beached itself in Madeira Beach (west coast, near me here) In
Tampa Bay, a huge Bryde's whale turned up dead in 2009. Although, if I remember correctly, baleens beach themselves with less frequency than toothed
whales (like Pilots) That's a interesting factor to keep in mind.
Pilot whales seem to have a penchant for it, to be honest. There were beachings of pods in 2012, 2011, and all throughout the 90's that I'd heard of
growing up here. The most infamous beaching was in 1977, with about 200 pilot whales taking a a detour up the Ft George River near Jacksonville. A
huge number of them died there and it makes the Everglades stranding look meh. Here's a paper on that
1977 mass stranding.
I'm going to disagree with the east coast poster above, and say it probably has much less to do with the military, and much more to do with their
social structure whether or not illness is not present. Monkey-see, money-do mentality, Oooh-shiny mentality, don't-question-your-leader mentality.
Dunno, I don't speak whale, but the long history of whale beachings precedes our sonar & pollution contributions to the waters. The Flemish coast has
a 500+ year history of beachings, for example (or are we going to blame yet-to-exist sonar & weird lights for that, too?) So it's not like it's
something new, but dumping contaminants certainly wouldn't help any. If mercury and other heavy metals would bork a human brain, why does anyone
think another species in immune to the effects? It's probably not the sole reason, but shouldn't be ignored if we're creating mentally compromised
species because we're pigs.
I'd keep googling for other recent history beaching examples, but holy crap, article overload from this pod's beaching is insane. If anyone knows
any tricks to wading through it for other events, be my guest.