04 April 2015

Seaquake Causes Pilot Whale Beaching in Western Australia South of Perth

2015-Mar-23:  At 22 minutes after midnight of March 6th, a magnitude 6 shallow focused earthquake occurred along the mid ocean ridge about 2,000 miles from the stranding site in Bunbury Harbour south of Perth Australia.

The is the same spot where on 27 June 1865, the Coya, a 516-ton iron barque from London, experienced two very severe earthquake shocks accompanied by loud rumbling noises and a highly disturbed ocean surface (link). No doubt the epicenters of all 3 quakes were close and their intensity similar. The question for my readers is do you believe an earthquake that generates severe shocks in the water, and highly disturbed surface, is capable of causing sinus injury in an entire pod of whales?

The injured pod would make it back to the surface. However, with their sinuses ruptured, they would not be able to navigate. With their bisn disabled, they would gather in a tight group and be carried downstream by the surface currents. Sharks would soon move in behind them. They would be forced to swim along with the current wherever it carried them.



As it so happened, the current was flowing towards Perth Australia. This link will take you to a Google map that shows you where the earthquake occurred in relation to the stranding site. Below is a chart of the ocean currents in the area.


The epicenter of the earthquake is in the bottom left of the chart above. You can see how the surface flows would guide the injured pod towards Finders Bay. Although the dominant boundary current off Western Australia is the south-flowing Leeuwin Current, there is a cool northward coastal countercurrent running close inshore in the extreme southwest during the summer months called the Capes Current. Strong northwards wind stresses between November and March slow the Leeuwin Current (which moves offshore) and draws in the Capes Current.

 Then on March 23rd, following a strong shoreward breeze, 16 lost long-finned pilot whales washed into Bunbury harbour and died. They died so quickly because the entire month of March had been extremely taxing. The remaining four washed up against a breakwater at Bunbury Harbour

Watching this video (link) should make it obvious that these whales were washed in with the incoming current due to a rising tide and shoreward winds. Watch the first first part several times and you can see the whale in the background swimming quickly with the flow of the current.

The tide was rising during the stranding and current was washing towards the rocks. The earlier seaquake encounter had knocked out their sense of direction; they had no idea where they were going or which way to swim to avoid smashing the rocks.

The whales were acoustically as blind as a deafened bat.

Twelve of the animals died quickly.  and rescuers dragged another four whales five nautical miles out to sea, where they were released. It wan't take long for the sharks to move in and take these four animals.

Mr Williams, with the Parks and Wildlife Services said, "It's almost impossible to identify a cause. It could be an individual animal that's injured and it's come into shallow water and the rest of the family followed, it could be that in the surrounds of the Bunbury harbor with the various breakwaters and groynes that that's interfered with their bio sonar and they've got confused in their navigation."

Both these answers are outright stupid and misleading.  Pilot whales are pelagic (deep water) NEVER seen inside a harbor unless it is during a stranding. Furthermore, any idea that the entire pod would commit suicide because a leader got sick is an outright dumb as it gets. The instinct to survive in these wild animals is intense. Under no circumstance would they swim into an trap and get washed inot the rocks because a buddy was sick. Ugh... it make me want to throw up my breakfast when I think about how studid whale scientists really area.

Earlier Mr Williams explained that, "The dead whales have all been removed from the water to discourage sharks from coming into the area." Jesus H. Christ, this is the only thing he said that makes sense. He knows sharks are in the water. They likley chased the seaquake-injured pod into the harbour.

Capt. David Williams
www.deafwhale.com

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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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