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Study questions strandings of pilot whales

Posted: Thursday, Apr 25th, 2013

Thousands of pilot whales have died in mass strandings the last few decades, and recent genetic analysis challenges one of the popular hypotheses for why they strand. These pilot whales stranded at Stanley, in northeast Tasmania in 2008. (Courtesy photo by DPIPWE Marine Conservation Program)

Pilot whales that have died in mass strandings in New Zealand and Australia included many unrelated individuals at each event, a new study concludes, challenging a popular assumption that whales follow each other onto the beach and to almost certain death because of familial ties.

For the complete article see the 04-26-2013 issue.

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