A reader informs & asks:
Nearly 100 pilot whales stranded themselves on the Australian coast. Despite an army of volunteers the rescue efforts didn't work and they started euthanizing them to end their suffering. Would you ask The Committee why the whales stranded themselves?
There's a video at the top, but you have to wait for the advertisement to end and it might come on more than once.
[Pilot whales are a type of dolphin, but large. 5 to 6m long and easily weigh >1,000kg.]
The Committee says:
The whales did not intend to end their lives, but rather to preserve them, but the only escape possible caused their death. These sea creatures were fleeing a pod of orca. The orca had just killed and also chased off several sharks of size similar to the pilot whales. When the orca moved towards the pilot whales, the pilot whales correctly panicked and fled in the only direction no orcas would be.