Almost 90 pilot whales and dolphins beached and died along the Australian west coast last week. Experts warned there could be more such mass deaths because the event follows a 12-year cycle of cooler south-bound nutrient rich currents that swell fish stock. This was the second mass stranding, bringing the total number of mortalities to 500. Recently, 200 cetaceans stranded and died on King Island in a single incident.
Meanwhile, another tragedy saw US scientists begin aerial surveillance off South Carolina. They are searching for a 40-foot right whale struck by a boat off Hilton Head Island during calving season which runs from November through April. Only 325 adult right whales are currently alive. So NOAA keeps a close eye as they migrate to the southeast United States to calve.