Do whales attempt suicide?

David Lusseau

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Abstract

Witnessing any dolphin or whale stranding live is a deeply moving experience; particularly when you end up accompanying an individual to the end of its life. My stomach still churns remembering the time that I encountered one in Scotland.

But the reasons behind such events remain mysterious. Dolphins and whales can strand together – most recently, ten long-finned pilot whales became stranded on a beach near Calais, seven of which died – but we can’t pinpoint a single reason why this happens. Instead, many different factors appear to be involved.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Trust UK
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2015

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