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Why do whales beach themselves? – Sydney Morning Herald

How do strandings happen? What goes on during a rescue? And are we getting any better at saving whales?

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Rescuers say the noise is the hardest part. When whales are stranded on a beach, they keep calling to one another. Others will come in from safe water and join their dying pod.
Whales and orcas move through life alongside family and friends, as humans do. But instead of GPS, they navigate using sound through echolocation, even in the empty darkness of the deep. Sometimes, something throws off their well-honed sonar and leads the whales astra…

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