Mass death of whales, dolphins on Cape Cod

Whales and dolphins occasionally run aground on beaches around the world. In Cape Cod, near Boston, animal rescue workers deal with some 200 incidents a year.

But something unusual happened on Friday, December 9. A powerful storm, combined with low tides, trapped large numbers of whales and dolphins. Altogether, 39 animals died.

Mass strandings occur when groups of these social creatures get caught in shallow areas when the tide is heading out. The December event was unusual not only for the large number of animals involved, but that two different species were beached in two different locations.

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

dead whales and dolphins that's sad!

posted on Fri, 12/16/2005 - 10:35am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love this article

posted on Thu, 05/11/2006 - 9:56am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i thought this was a very sad story. the death of whales and dolphins is so sad.

posted on Wed, 12/28/2005 - 1:04pm
bryan kennedy's picture

In other sad whale news, an 11-year old female northern bottle-nosed died in the Thames River. The whale had gotten confused and gone upstream in the river that runs through London, UK. Several groups worked together to try and rescue the whale but failed. An autopsy found that the whale died of several causes:

  • dehydration
  • muscle damage
  • failing kidneys

Whales are mammals like us and can't drink seawater to get hydrated. The whales' bodies have adapted to get water from the deep-sea squid and other creatures they feed on.

posted on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 11:16am
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dolphin freak lover says:

i find this very sad im a dolphin lover there so loving and beautiful there amazing creatures and to see this story im now very upset and cross we shoul try to do something about this 1 day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from dolphin freak lover

posted on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 11:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how many whales where there 1000 years ago?

posted on Thu, 11/22/2007 - 8:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow i had noclue about that i'm very interested i'm from around that area and that artical was the first i had heard about that its very sad but a good artical

posted on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 12:51pm

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