Jun
10
2008

Mass dolphin death

Melon-headed whale
Melon-headed whaleCourtesy Minerals Management Service

Fifty-five melon-headed whales, a species tropical dolphin, have beached themselves in Madagascar and died. This is the first time these creatures are known to have visited the island.

Whales and dolphin periodically strand themselves on beaches, individually or in groups. No one knows why. They sometimes get "lost," swimming far inland up rivers. We have discussed such incidents on Science Buzz before: here and here and also here.

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kenziecute555's picture
kenziecute555 says:

Thats so sad!!!!!! :.(

posted on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 5:11pm
Swimmer's picture
Swimmer says:

Such sad news to hear about these poor creatures, I must say I have never heard of a melon-headed whale, they certainly do resemble dolphins.

posted on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 2:15pm

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