More reports of dolphin strandings off Brazil

March 14, 2012 BRAZILIt was just another day at the beach–or so it seemed till dozens of dolphins suddenly swam in with the surf and got stranded in the sandy shallows. The dramatic video of the stranding in the Brazilian town of Arraial do Cabo–now a YouTube sensation–shows humans rushing to help their fellow mammals, pushing and pulling hard to help the animals reach deeper water. Were the dolphins saved? To find out, you’ll have to view the video. But what would lead seemingly healthy dolphins to swim onto shore? And what causes similar strandings of whales and other animals? “There is no single answer for marine mammal strandings, just as there is no single answer for what causes car crashes or traffic jams,” Dr. Darlene R. Ketten, senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass., told The Huffington Post in an email. After viewing the video, she speculated that “the pod may have been feeding very close to shore and then were caught in a strong current or wave area and pushed onto shore by the water…We do see feeding groups getting caught in the shallows in situations similar to this in many locations, and the tendency varies by species, seasons, and circumstances.” Strandings of dolphins and whales are more common than is commonly realized, according to Dr. Ketten–with 1,000 or so animals a year stranding themselves in U.S. coastal waters. Statistics show frequent strandings among seals and turtles as well as marine mammals. Dr. Ketten commended the people who tried to save the dolphins, pointing out that handing dolphins can be risky for both species–especially when the animals thrash wildly, as they do in the video. Overall, she said, it was certainly no “day at the beach.” –Huffington Post
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11 Responses to More reports of dolphin strandings off Brazil

  1. K says:

    I am in Charleston South Carolina right now and for the past two days I saw dolphins very close to the beaches acting a bit strange. The tide was out and they were edging so close to the marsh area today. I was worried.

  2. K says:

    Can I also admit I cried while watching this? I did I cried a lot. It is hard to watch.God bless those people I could kiss them all.

  3. Donna says:

    Thank goodness someone was there to help! These are very intelligent animals….and they know when they are approaching the shore.
    Something is very wrong….poor animals.

  4. Is this proof that Humans are dabbling a bit too much with frequency?

  5. Rohan says:

    Humanity at its best

  6. TRUE HEROES!! Thank you!

  7. Beautiful human souls…….Thank God for those who stepped in to help….

  8. yamkin says:

    3,000 Dolphins Found Dead On Peruvian Beaches

    So far in 2011, some 3,000 dead dolphins have washed up on the beaches in the northern Peruvian region of Lambayaque, supposedly having died from the effects of petroleum exploitation in the area, the daily Peru21 reported Sunday.

    http://www.thelivingocean.net/2012/04/3000-dolphins-found-dead-on-peruvian.html

  9. yamkin says:

    Oil Poisoning? Alarming Sea Animal Deaths On India’s West Coast

    Two giant Baleen’s humpback whale sharks washed up dead on the Mumbai and Thane beaches in separate incidents last week. This was preceded by a Bryde’s whale shark getting washed ashore at a beach in Ratnagiri, around 250 km south of Mumbai.

    In the past couple of months alone, over a dozen dead dolphins, usually seen frolicking in the calm blue-green Konkan coast waters, washed up on different virgin beaches in the region.

    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/west/oil-poisoning-alarming-sea-animal-deaths-indias-west-coast-410

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