Why do whales leave the ocean and become stuck on beaches?
When the last stranded whale of a group eventually dies, the story does not end there. A team of researchers begins to investigate, collecting Q1 skin samples for instance, recording anything that could help them answer the crucial question: why? Theories abound, some more convincing than others. In recent years, navy sonar has been accused of causing certain whales to strand. It is known that Q2 noise pollution from offshore industry, shipping and sonar can impair underwater communication, but can it really drive whales onto our beaches?