beached whales

Why do whales beach themselves?

When whales or other aquatic mammals wash onto the shore, they are usually unable to return to the sea without help. What exactly causes a whale to beach, and how can scientists prevent it? Tune in and learn more in this episode.

Are we to blame for beached whales and dolphins?

In my last post, I talked about the two varieties of whale stranding and Dr. Gregory D. Bossart 's Science on Tap lecture on the topic at the Georgia Aquarium. This time around, I'm going to run through some of what Bossart had to say about the possible causes behind mass strandings. Sadly, a number of the cases point back to human alteration of the environment.