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. Recent article published in The Conversation by David Lusseau, Reader University of Aberdeen.
His stomach still churns remembering the time that he 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 a single reason cannot yet be pinpointed as to why this happens. Instead, many different factors appear to be involved.