Why do whales end up on the beach, and why do we kill them?
Like the 55 false killer whales stranded on a South African beach last week, whales and dolphins on the beach usually end up dead. When nudged back out in the water, they often just swim back onto the beach.
Is it illness or injury and a hope for rest & recovery? Are they following one lost soul and trying to help? The answer is that there are many reasons why whales and dolphins end up on a beach, including illness, injury and unknown causes.
Whales have been beaching themselves since the time of Aristotle, so we can't blame it purely on industrial disease.