02 March 2014

Blue Whale Killed by Seaquake Strands in Kuwait


The beached blue whale in this video was found at Failaka Island off the coast of Kuwait. It was between 15 to 20 meters long. Blue whales are known to be the largest mammals on earth sometimes exceeding 30 meters long. 



Kuwait Environment Protection Society director Wijdan Al-Eqab said that blue whales roam many areas in the world including the Indian Ocean from which the beached one at Failaka Island most probably came. She also guessed that the whale had likely lost its way and was carried off by swift currents to the Arabian GulfNo reason for its death has been determined as of yet, she said.


The only undersea earthquake that could have injured this whale occurred in the Arabian Sea about 2,000 miles upstream from Kuwait at 11 pm at night. It was extremely shallow (3 km) and very whale dangerous.

Magnitude   mb 5.2
Depth         3 km below the ocean's surface
Distance     1552 km N of Victoria, Seychelles / pop: 22,881 / local time: 22:57:35.0 2014-02-13 
                  979 km SE of Şalālah, Oman / pop: 163,140 / local time: 22:57:35.0 2014-02-13

 This quake was also a vertical thrusting event making it extremely dangerous to any whales above the epicenter. (see focal mechanisms)





The general flow of the surface currents in February was from the epicenter at the lower left of the above chart towards the Gulf of Oman at the upper left and then into the Persian Gulf. Blue whales can swim up to 20 mph if excited. This whale would have easily traveled downstream 150 miles per day, arriving near Kuwait at the end of February in perfect time with this beaching. 

UPDATE:

KUWAIT, March 1 (KUNA) -- The blue mammoth whale that has recently come ashore Kuwait's Failaka island is said to have perished due to swallowing up some robes that got stuck deep in the whale's mouth and are believed to have obstructed food intake. A team worked for four hours to extract samples and make measurements but the task was difficult due to the bad smell.

It is my opinion that this whale got these ropes trapped in its mouth by trying to feed during the journey from the epicenter to the stranding beach.

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2015
Dec 09: Whale Dangerous Earthquake South of Perth 
Dec 09: Seaquake causes dolphins to strand Baja California   
Nov 23: Seaquakes kill 322 baleen whales in Chile    (shocking)  
Aug 24: NOAA whale scientists dumbfounded   
Aug 14: stranded dolphin is determined to be deaf   
Aug 08: seaquake causes pilot whales to strand Nova Scotia   
Jul   27: is our stranding solution flawed as scientists claim   
Jun  01: pilots stranded Isles of Skye from Reykjanes Ridge   
May 22: dead whales washing ashore on the California Coast   
May 10: earthquake kills 20 Sei Whales near Chile Coast   
Apr  10: seaquake strands 150 melon-headed whales in Japan   

2014   
Dec 25: navigation failure in mass stranded whales  (most popular)   
Dec 08: seaquake causes 7 sperm whales to beach Australia   
Nov 24: seaquake beaches 3 sperm whales at Golden Bay   
Nov 04: seaquake beaches 60 pilot whales in Bay of Plenty   
Oct 29: nine pilot whales strand on Prince Edward Island   
Apr  11: 60 pilot whales beach in Bay of Plenty   
Mar 20: Cape Ray Newfoundland 37 dolphins beach   
Mar 14: undersea quakes louder than nuclear explosions   
Mar 13: seaquakes cause whale strandings 32 million years   
Mar 02: blue whale killed by seaquake in Kuwait   
Feb 27: seaquake kills young killer whale   
Feb 23: predicting mass beachings based on seaquakes   
Feb 21: lessons in understanding why whales beach   
Feb 18: seaquake Greenland Sea kills 3 sperm whales   
Feb 12: nine orcas killed by seaquake   
Jan 30: Cape Cod mass stranding predicted   
Jan 20: seaquake causes 39 pilot whales to strand Florida   
Jan 16: seaquakes beach 65 pilot whales in Golden Bay   
Jan 05: seaquake beaches 30 pilot whales in Golden Bay   

2013   
Dec 06: why did pilot whales beached in the everglades?   
Apr 30: seaquake beaches 6 killer whales in Iceland   
Apr 25: beached whales stop war games   

2012   
Dec 08: seaquake beach pilot whales South Carolina   
Nov 15: pilot whales beach at Golden Bay, New Zealand   
Nov 04: seaquake causes two pods to beach at King Island   
Oct 28:  pilot whales strand on North Andaman Island   
Oct 17: earthquakes cause New Zealand whale stranding   
Sep 09: earthquake kills pregnant sperm whale   
Sep 03: seaquake strands pilot whales in Scotland   
Aug 24: two quakes cause near beaching in Cape Verde   
Jul  28:  200 Pilot Whales Northwest of Iceland   
Mar 19: Four Sperm Whales Wash Ashore in China   

2011   
Dec  31: world's rarest whales killed by earthquake   
Mar 06: 52 melon-headed dolphins strand in Japan   

2008   
Nov 20: 52 Pilot Whales Stranded in Tasmania


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