As of late Wednesday, November 16, despite persistent rescue efforts, a total of 91 whales perished in separate stranding incidents occurring on remote beaches in Australia's Tasmania and the northern tip of South Island in New Zealand. In New Zealand, 65 pilot whales that became beached earlier in the week all died, in part because their inaccessible location made rescue impossible.
Meanwhile in Australia, two whales were successfully guided back to deeper waters, but a third died on Wednesday, with 26 total that perished after they became stranded on a Tasmanian beach the previous Saturday.
Scientists believe that whales may beach in groups due to their strongly social nature, with many that respond to distress signals sent out by one or more ill or disorientedmembers of a pod.
With deep sorrow for the tragic passing of these beautiful wonders of the sea, we send our appreciation to the rescuers for their caring endeavors.
May human hearts be touched to live in such a manner that all Earth’s inhabitants can thrive.
Speaking with concern for the perilous conditions faced by many marine animals who face rising pollutants along with human-created climate change,
Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the stranding of whales and dolphins, and what must be done to protect all lives.
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