Wildlife

Whales Beach in Japan – Fears of Earthquake

The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan’s shores has fuelled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country – the devastating 2011 undersea earthquake that unleashed a tsunami and triggered a nuclear disaster.

Despite a lack of scientific evidence linking the two events, a flurry of online commentators pointed to the appearance of around 50 melon-headed whales – a species that is a member of the dolphin family – on Japan’s beaches six days prior to the monster quake, that killed around 19,000 people.

Scientists were dissecting the bodies of the whales, 156 of which were found on two beaches on Japan’s Pacific coast on Friday, but could not say what caused the beachings.

More than 100 pilot whales died in a mass stranding on a remote New Zealand beach on February 20, 2011, two days before a large quake struck the country’s second-largest city Christchurch.

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