25 December 2015


killer whale on the rocks
dead Orca on the rocks

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Sadly, this killer whale had been struggling for some time in the surrounding waters before she was finally found washed ashore. After one successful rescue attempt to return it to the water on December 22nd, the poor orca was found washed up on Lookout Rocks, Western Cape (South Africa) on December 24th, 2015.

As you can see below, the surf can get pretty rough at Lookout Rocks. To swim around in that heavy surf in a weaken state, a killer whale needs to have a good functioning biosonar system if it expects to avoid being washed into the rocks. In fact, with all the air bubbles and sand kicked up by the heavy surf, a healthy killer whale would never have swam within 500 meters of this shoreline. Killer whales don’t go where their acoustic sense of direction does not work. They simply turn around and go where their biosonar functions just fine. That it ended up stranded on the rocks, is proof that it had been suffering from echo-navigation failure for some length of time. And, since navigation failure and the failure to use sound waves to locate its food go hand and hand, it’s not hard to understand why it had no fresh food in its stomach. Nor is it hard to understand why it stranded a few days earlier.

After a necropsy was performed, items such as yogurt cups, the sole of a shoe, food wrappers, sea grass and tubed organisms were found in her stomach, according to marine mammal researcher Dr. Gwen Penry. Penry wrote that she suspects that the animal was “starving” because she didn’t have actual food in her stomach.

Killer whales off South Africa typically only feed on mammals (seals, dolphins) or large fish and squid,” Penry continued. “It is likely that this individual became ill and too weak to hunt with the rest of her pod so moved inshore and tried to feed on what was available and easy to find.”

I don't think so. My gut feeling is that this female was injured by a moderate vertical thrusting seaquake (link) 900 miles south of Madagascar as she was crossing the mid-ocean ridge. She was likely on her way to Crozet Islands (link), 1400 miles south of Madagascar. There is a distinct pod of killers whales that hangs out just offshore at the river mouth, ready to prey on young sea lions learning to swim. I doubt if she was the only one of her pod injured, but she was the only one to survive long enough to beach. The only other possibility that might fits the time pattern and the flow of the current is some type of offshore explosion. Maybe someone has a photo bank that can identify her?

Those that know absolutely nothing nothing about the fantastic biosonar system of odontoceti say the blame goes to the plastic trash and other marine debris. In October, EcoWatch wrote about a mature sperm whale found dead in Taiwan that had vast quantities of plastic bags and fishing nets filling its stomach. A recent paper published by Environmental Research Letters, A Global Inventory of Small Floating Plastic Debris, suggested there are 15 to 51 trillion microplastic particles in the world’s oceans, weighing somewhere between 93 and 236,000 metric tons. “This is roughly seven times more than what we thought before,” noted EcoWatch.


Capt. David Williams
Deafwhale Society

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Dec 20: Hunting Whales Puts Bad Karma on Japan
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


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


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


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


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


Nov 20: 52 Pilot Whales Stranded in Tasmania

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