Last week, 150 short-finned pilot whales became stranded on Hamelin Bay, a beach on the southwest corner of Australia. Unfortunately, it happened overnight and rescuers could not do much for the whales until daylight. By then, it was too late to save most of them.
But the question remains: how did these whales get stranded in the first place? There’s no one reason, but scientists believe that whales can get stranded because of old age, illness, injury, or a wrong turn.
Australia’s Parks and Wildlife Service is closely monitoring the situation at Hamelin Bay because whales who strand themselves will often do it again—three out of the seven rescued whales did just that only a day after being helped back into deeper waters.