Pilot Whales Strand

pilot whales strand
pilot whales strand in Tasmania

Pilot Whales Strand Due to Sinus Injuries

Fifty-three pilot whales strand on 20 November 2008 on Anthony’s Beach near the town of Stanley, Tasmania. The stranding team moved 11 by truck to a different beach and released them back into the sea. Officials attached satellite tracking devices to 5 of the 11. The 5 tagged whales swam downstream with the east flowing counter current just like whales with no acoustic sense of direction would do.

Swimming down current in the path of least drag is solid evidence that these survivors have lost the ability to echo-navigate. On the other hand, swimming upstream against the flow confirms that they have a sense of direction because it would be impossible for lost pilot whales to swim against the current. Said differently, if they have a good sense of direction, they can navigate anywhere they want to go. But if they have lost their sense of direction, they will always swim downstream in the path of least drag. It could be no other way!

Pilot Whales Strand!

Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service fitted satellite tracking devices which to five of the rescued whales confirming that the animals were now swimming downstream in the Bass Strait. Wildlife officials said the 11 rescued whales had regrouped in the water. “Not only have they survived being put back in the water after their traumatic ordeal but they’ve also found each other,” the Department of Primary Industries and Water’s David Pemberton said. He said the tracking devices had proven that the rescue efforts, which involved swooping huge nets around the beached animals and hauling them in vehicles and then releasing them at another beach, had been successful. “For the first time in Australia, we have now got data which tells us that they are doing okay — it is fantastic Pilot Whales 2008and incredibly exciting,” Pemberton told national news agency AFP. Lie!

Pemberton lied!

This type of study has never been repeated.

The Truth is Obvious!

First and foremost, if the whales could navigate open water, why did they move them to a different beach where the current was flowing out to sea? The reason is obvious. They needed an out-flowing current to guide the lost whales away from shore. An incoming current would guide them back to the sand.

We know whale scientists spread propaganda (link) about why whales strand. They also lie about the tracking devices. One environment group was able to find only 8 examples out of thousands of rescues that proved rescued whales survive beachings. Only two of these examples seemed reasonable, the other 6 were very weak.

Think about it this way: Rescuing stranded whales is big business for non-profits; it brings a lot of TV coverage and draws in a lot of donations. It also feeds the ego of those doing the rescues — they must convince themselves that they are saving whales to feel good. But how can one claim to save a pod of whales unless they know exactly why they strand in the first place?

For example, 99% of all mass stranded whales are severely dehydrated and have no fresh food in the stomachs, but the rescuers did not hydrate them or give them any food. Nor did they give them a few days to rest up from their ordeal. Moreover, watch videos of strandings in progress and you see that the poor animals always come ashore with the flow of the incoming tide at the same time that breaking waves are washing ashore. In other words, the current is guiding them ashore.

The Proof is Easy to See!

This is absolute proof that there is something wrong with their echolocation and echo-navigation system. The strong inflow of the current was the reason they had to truck them to a different beach to put them back in the water. The current was flowing out to sea when they released them at the new beach. The lost whales started swimming in the direction that the outflow guided them. It is as plain as the nose on your face!!!!!  Open your eyes and see it!!!!

The best theory of the rescuers is that the whales follow a sick pod mate ashore because they love each other so much. Have you ever heard anything more stupid?  You might like your neighbor, but if he kills himself, are you going to commit suicide?  Besides, if thy followed a suicidal leader, why are they all super dehydrated and have no food in their stomachs? Something had to have happened 2-3 weeks before the beaching that caused them to stop feeding.

Think about this: That pilot whales strand because they love each other too much is the only concept to rescue teams can use to justify the rescue. Otherwise, they would need to explain why they are pushing dying whales off the beach without treating whatever was the cause of the stranding. Why don’t they pen them away from the sharks? Then hydrate and feed them and give them a few weeks to recover. They have obviously not feed in weeks.

Don’t Believe The Lies!

The Seaquake Solution developed by the Deafwhale Society indicates that sinus barotrauma, induced by undersea earthquakes, military sonar, underwater explosions, and oil industry activities, cause most pilot whale mass strandings. More specifically, the event listed below caused the stranding on 20 November 2008 on Anthony’s Beach near Stanley:

200810252235A SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE

  Date: 2008/10/25   Centroid Time: 22:35:10.0 GMT
  Lat= -45.23  Lon=  97.09
  Depth= 12.7   Half duration= 0.8
  Centroid time minus hypocenter time:  2.1
  Moment Tensor: Expo=23  -4.630 4.760 -0.128 1.380 -0.772 -0.630 
  Mw = 5.1    mb = 5.1    Ms = 0.0   Scalar Moment = 4.99e+23
  Fault plane:  strike=90    dip=37   slip=-101
  Fault plane:  strike=284    dip=54   slip=-82

Source: Global CMT (see the last event) (the red beach ball indicates a thrusting earthquake, the most dangerous for diving whales)

Local time at the epicenter was 6:35 am on 26 October 2008. The consensus of the seismic stations recording this 5.1 magnitude event was that the depth of focus was 12.7 km. The area is not so well covered by seismic stations so the exact location might have been as far away as 25 km in all directions and the depth as shallow as 3 or 4 km.

Click here to listen to the noise of an average seaquake.

Depth of Focus Not Accurate!

As depicted in the red beach ball above, seismologists determined the quake as a normal fault event. In such events, the hanging wall suddenly falls generating a negative pressure pulse that caused the air inside the cranial air spaces of each of the diving whales to expand excessively and rapidly. The seafloor then danced up and down, pushing and pulling at the water,
normal faultgenerating excessive changes in the hydrostatic pressure (seaquakes) surrounding the area where the pod of pilot whales was feeding. The quick fluctuations in pressure caused the volume of air inside the head sinuses of the whales to increase and decrease rapidly in response to the changing pressure resulting in a barotraumatic injury in the membranes that surround these sinuses.

The whales use the air in their cranial air spaces to generate echo-navigation signals and to read the returning echo. This means an injury of this nature would disrupt diving and feeding.  It would also disable echo-navigation. A pod of earthquake-injured pilot whales would surface but not be able to dive again, nor be able to generate biosonar clicks or determine the direction of returning echoes.

Earthquake vibration in the hydrospace would be like a dinner bell to any nearby sharks.

Their Swim Path!

The lost pod would huddle together to defend against sharks, which would take the most seriously injured. The rest would stay huddled swimming off in an unknown direction in an attempt to move away from the sharks. Any swimming by the pod will turn their streamlined bodies downstream in the path of least resistance. Surface currents from the epicenter, known as the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, flow from the west to the east and would direct the wounded pod from the epicenter toward the southern tip of Tasmania (see chart below).

Map November 2008

Antarctic Current

Currents

From the epicenter to Anthony’s Beach near Stanley is about 2,500 miles. Assume the whales swam along at 3 knots in a 3-knot current. They would travel ~150 nautical miles per day. But there would be times when the current meandered. The snaking of the current would lower the distance travel downstream to about ~100 nautical miles. The earthquake occurred on 26 October.

The stranding occurred on 20 November so the timeline fits perfectly.

Recommended:

How Seaquakes Cause Whales To Strand (link).
The Danger of Seaquakes is Hidden From the Public? (link)
The Greatest Sea Mystery of all time SOLVED! (link).