Unlucky Whales?

Submitted by ub on Tue, 02/28/2023 - 20:51

Why have 23 Whales washed up along the shore dead along the East coast of the United States sinc4 December 2023? 

Usually, they only stay under for about 20 minutes, but different whales do different things. Whales can only survive a few hours on land. They breathe the air just fine. The problem is that their fat holds in too much heat.

Unusual winds, tidal patterns, and ocean currents can increase the chances that whales will become stranded on a beach, and such changes could be exacerbated by climate change. February 21, 2023

Another humpback whale was recently spotted dead late Monday, floating near a shipping channel between New York and New Jersey, making it the 13th whale found in the two states in three months.

Cetacean stranding, commonly known as beaching, is a phenomenon in which whales and dolphins strand themselves on land, usually on a beach. Beached whales often die due to dehydration, collapsing under their weight, or drowning when high tide covers the blowhole.