Tag Archive: whales

Feb 10

Beached whales were Orkney bonanza

Volunteers attend to some of the hundreds of stranded pilot whales still alive. (REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

We are all mortified, not to say mystified, by the stranded pilot whales in New Zealand.  But in Orkney some four thousand years ago, the people would have regarded such a beaching not as a tragedy but as a bounty from the sea. No-one knows how whales manage to get themselves beached in the shallows. …

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