Blue whale skeleton set for display in Darwin after being stored for 22 years | ABC News

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    Forty-one years ago a blue whale mysteriously beached and died in a mangrove forest at Cape Hotham, around 67km east of Darwin.

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    In This Story: Beached

    Cetacean stranding, commonly known as beaching, is a phenomenon in which whales and dolphins strand themselves on land, usually on a beach. Beached whales often die due to dehydration, collapsing under their own weight, or drowning when high tide covers the blowhole. Cetacean stranding has occurred since before recorded history.

    Several explanations for why cetaceans strand themselves have been proposed, including changes in water temperatures, peculiarities of whales’ echolocation in certain surroundings, and geomagnetic disturbances, but none have so far been universally accepted as a definitive reason for the behavior. However, a link between the mass beaching of beaked whales and use of mid-frequency active sonar has been found.

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