New Research Sheds Light on Why Whales Beach Themselves

New Research reveals that genetics or family ‘care giving’ theories do not play a part in why whales beach themselves.

A recent study, led by Marc Oremus of Auckland University in New Zealand, examined the DNA of almost 500 beached whales. The genetic data revealed that the ‘care-giving model of beaching,’ where whales are thought to follow a sick or distressed member of the pod in to shore, is no longer valid.