Recently, beachgoers at Cheynes Beach in Western Australia were met with a horrific sight. Nearly 100 long-finned pilot whales mysteriously beached themselves.
Despite the hard work of hundreds of volunteers and wildlife officers, the mission was unsuccessful.
Tragically, 52 whales died on the beach, and the remaining 45 were euthanized after repeated failed attempts to guide them back to the ocean.
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This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, either. Mass strandings of whales in Australia are not uncommon. Just recently, 54 whales died on a beach in Scotland under similar circumstances.
These incidents highlight the critical need for research into this string of bizarre whale behavior to prevent future tragedies.
No whale should suffer such a tragic end. Whales are magnificent, intelligent creatures that play a vital role in our ecosystem.
Their strandings and subsequent deaths are devastating, not just to those who witness them, but also to our global environment.
Clearly, these incredible marine animals can feel distress, and they deserve comprehensive efforts to prevent such painful incidents.
Sign the petition to urge the International Whaling Commission to invest in researching these mysterious whale deaths to prevent further tragedy!
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This article by Mathew Davis was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 24 August 2023. Lead Image: Stephen Barnes/Shutterstock.