SELFISH WHALE BEHAVIOR
Whale scientists have overlooked selfish whale behavior, a key element in understanding why whales mass beach. Instead, they say healthy whales and dolphins are not selfish. As proof, they follow sick pod mates to the beach and become accidentally stuck in the sand because they love each other so much. This leading “scientific” theory explains whale strandings in a way not involving any type of auditory injury or sinus barotrauma caused by explosives, sonar, air guns, earthquakes, and volcanic explosions.
In other words, whales scientists do not support the idea that a barotraumatic injury in the cranial air spaces, middle-ear air pockets, and/or the air sacs insulating the two cochleas might cause echo-navigation failure. They do not believe the loss of echo-navigation is even possible. This is a tough position for them to defend because sinus barotrauma is the most common injury in all divers. It could very easily be the number one cause of strandings in the most prolific deep diving mammals ever to live on our planet.
Furthermore, whale scientists have never looked for a diving-related pressure injury that might disable their biosonar system and render them lost at sea.
Scientists favor the “follow-the-sick” concept in which family oriented, non-selfish beached whales would rather die than allow a pod mate to suffer alone. Whales willing to die than leave a stranded mate pulls at the heartstrings. “Oh, what a wonderful place the world would be if humans were more loving towards their families like the poor stranded whales.”
A similar version first surfaced in the 1880s. In those days, folks that lived near a stranding beach brutally slaughtered the whales. The water near the beach turned blood-red like it does today in the Faeroe Islands. The human killers were curious about why the rest of pod lingered in the bloody water so close to where their mates were being brutally slaughtered. They thought the whales had no will to live after watching their relatives die. Modern whale scientists continue to support this ancient rather stupid idea.
THE IDEA OF SELFISH WHALE BEHAVIOR NEVER OCCURRED TO SCIENTISTS!
According to the barotrauma hypothesis, the observers had no idea these odontocete whales had lost their normally keen acoustic sense of direction and didn’t know which way to swim to escape the slaughter. Our ancestors knew nothing about biosonar or echo-navigation. They were totally mystified when the whales would sometimes swim at great speeds into jagged rocks in what looked like an attempt to kill themselves. This was the beginning of the suicide hypothesis that some current-day scientists still preach.
These early human killers of beached whales also noticed that many times one or two whales would be 25 meters out front of the main pod when they came ashore. They thought the whales in front were the leaders, guiding their pod to the beach. This dumb view evolved into the follow-the-sick-leader theory. Again, the observers had no idea the entire pod might be suffering echo-navigation failure.
Following a leader agreed with what they saw so the idea became quickly accepted. But this left the problem of explaining why a healthy pod would follow a sick one to a certain death. Modern whale scientists strengthen this #1 stranding concept by saying the whales loved each other so much that they would never allow a family member to die alone. This fits what today’s observers think they see because it comes from their own imaginations. We often see what we believe and want to see.
But real logic disagrees. For example, there has never been a mass standing in which the main pod followed a sick whale to the beach, hung around in the shallows until the sick one died, and then the healthy pod swam back to deep water. In truth, every time the main pod supposedly follows a sick whale, they all get beached and die unless humans come along and pushed them off the beach. And since the whales can not echo-navigate, the pushing must be done when the tide is washing out to sea. In other words, if true, the so-called act of following a sick whale to the beach is nothing more than a Jim Jones style suicide. Such a suicide gene would have died out millions of years ago.
Furthermore, many beachings take place in which the pod is scattered along 10 to 20 miles of shoreline. If the whales were following a sick one, they would have clustered near the dying whale like humans gathering around the grave.
This still leaves us to wonder why many observers swore they saw the main pod following 25 meters behind one or two lead whales.
Actually, there is be a far more believable scenario to explain this behavior.
Assume for the moment that an undersea catastrophic upheaval, explosion, or military sonar has indeed induced sinus barotrauma and knock out the entire pod’s sense of direction. In such a situation, hungry sharks would sense the stress in the pod and swim in close to catch an easy meal. Sharks are often spotted prowling the beach just offshore during mass strandings. In fact, shark attacks most often occur when injured whales are swimming near the shore. Of course, modern scientists are too stupid to make the connection.
Sharks can easily sense something is wrong by the actions of the whales in the water after a barotraumatic injury. They could smell and taste any blood, urine, feces, or other body fluid deposited by the troubled whales from many miles downstream. The sharks could even feel the whale’s heartbeat from a hundred feet away.
They’ve been predators of whales for millions of years. They know when the pod is in trouble. And since they have no enclosed air pockets to get injured, the low-frequency (LF) compression waves that cause sinus barotrauma in diving whales, would feel to them like a ringing dinner bell.
With their sense of direction destroyed by sinus injuries, the wounded pod would be guided by the surface current downstream in the path of least drag (link). This would force the pack of trailing sharks to take a position behind the pod so that the smell of body fluids would drift back to them. The sharks would then follow behind, trailing the smell and taste, waiting to rip apart any slow swimmer that could not keep up. In other words, sharks would cull the most-injured whales and dolphins long before they reached the beach. Only those pod members with slight physical injuries would escape the sharks and survive long enough to strand.
Fear of being torn to pieces by a pack of starving sharks would cause each individual whale to initiate selfish behavior solely directed towards self-preservation. These dying mammals are not so much in love with their pod mates that they would surrender their own lives. They are wild animals with a very strong desire to avoid being ripped to pieces… it’s nature’s way.
To recognize this selfish whale behavior in whales and dolphins, we need to know a little about behavior in a selfish herd. As applied to herds on the plains of Africa, the individual risk that a predator will single them out is greatest on the outside of the herd and decreases towards the center. The oldest, selfish, more dominant, herding animals take the low-risk inside positions while forcing subordinates into the higher risk outside positions.
Again… this is nature’s way simply because the older members of the herd know where to find water during severe droughts; they also know where to find grass. In other words, the older members are the herd’s lifesaving memory. The herd must protect its senior memory bank at the expense of its young.
The same is true for an injured herd of whales and dolphins constantly swimming downstream as fast as they can to stay out of the jaws of death trailing behind them. But unlike herding animals on the plains of Africa, the greatest risk for a shark attack is not on the outside of a tightly packed pod. The greatest danger is to those individuals bringing up the rear because the non-navigating pod is on the move downstream in the path of least drag at the same time the sharks are smelling and tasting the waters, trailing from behind to pick off stragglers.
This means that the least injured and most selfish senior pod members, protecting the pod’s memory, would find far greater safety if they swam in front of the pod, placing the main pod between them and the trailing sharks. As such a procession neared the shore, observers would see what appeared to be a whale or two leading ~25 meters in front of the rest. But the observers would not see the sharks 3-4 feet below the surface. Nor would they know that the entire pod had lost its sense of direction.
THERE IS NO STRONG SOCIAL BOND!
Rather, this is a perfect example of selfish whale behavior as done by a herd of non-navigating marine mammals slowly swimming downstream with the flow of the surface currents.
Instead of protecting the younger, weaker whales by taking a position between the sharks and the rest of the pod, the non-navigating selfish pod leaders, wanting to save their own butts, will be the first to go ashore because they are usually out front while the surface current is guiding all the non-navigating whales to the beach. The rest of the pod will follow in a blind-following-the-blind fashion because the same surface currents guiding the ones out front are guiding them. This will create the illusion that the pod is following a sick leader due to strong social cohesion.
Whale scientists have overlooked selfish whale behavior even though self-preservation is an almost universal hallmark of life. When the pod does not turn around and swim away from the beach, the scientists say that pod members will not leave a sick member behind because of a strong social attachment. Or, because the ones already stranded are calling out begging the others to come back to rescue them.
The idea that the entire pod has lost its acoustic sense of direction due to barosinusitis caused by undersea earthquakes and explosive volcanoes, military sonar, explosives and the rare time when a meteorite crashes into the ocean’s surface never enters the mind of the scientists. The evidence is before their very eyes if they will only try to understand it.
The lost whales first freed from the sand will mill around near where their pod members are still stuck for two main reasons: (1) the lingering whales rightly believe the sharks are waiting just offshore, and (2) the tide is rising and the current is still flowing ashore when the rescuers refloated the whales. With no current washing out to sea and no sense of direction on their own, there is nowhere they can swim other than back to the beach. When the tidal flow does start to wash back to deep water, the so-called rescuers know they must push all the lost whales out to sea together during the outflow because no one whale wants to swim out alone and meet up with the jaws of death. The whales know that swimming in a tight group reduces each whales chance of shark attack.
When the tidal flow does start to wash back to deep water, the rescuers know they must push all the lost whales out to sea together during the outflow because no one whale wants to swim out alone and meet up with the jaws of death. The selfish whales know that swimming in a tight formation lowers the odds that they will be the next whale ripped apart.
They want to reassemble into the same selfish whale behavior that they have always used for protection against vicious sharks. Gather them back into a group and push them off the beach during the tidal outflow and they will swim cautiously towards deeper water. The hungry sharks, still roaming offshore, smell the whales and reassemble downstream. The process continues until the whales are all taken.
One other point about the sharks… they will not attack the collective herd (pod) because healthy toothed whales and dolphins have ways of protecting themselves. A few pod members can distract the sharks while others swim 50 meters under the sharks and come up like a rocket, ramming the attackers in the liver. The massive liver is a shark’s most vulnerable spot and the whales know it. The sharks do not know the injured whales cannot defend themselves so they use caution and wait until a single whale swims off by itself. The whales know this, which explains why they stay in a tight pod and will not swim away for the beach alone. This means that the real value in pushing the lost whales back out to deep water is to save the money it would cost to bury the carcasses.
ARE WHALE SCIENTISTS LYING TO US ON PURPOSE?
We call repeated false assertions factoids. A scientific factoid is a fabrication promoted by many scientists and quoted often by the media. The public believes the fabrication is true because of the broad repetition by the scientists.
Scientific factoids often include words that soften the outright lie. You can notice whale scientists hedging their lies with words like maybe, could, might, may, scientists think, implicated, theorized, and other such sayings that turn the deceptive propaganda into little white lies. In other words, the scientists know they are lying but they don’t want you to catch them red-handed passing along a bald-faced fabrication.
Repeating false assertions by people of authority is a very old propaganda tool. In chapter 6 of Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler wrote:
“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”
You will find the same factoid everywhere you search for information about why whales mass beach. Almost every newspaper article says scientists believe that healthy whales follow sick pod mates to the beach.
THINK ABOUT PROPAGANDA
Use your head… nowhere in nature do healthy big-brained animals follow sick ones to a certain death. Imagine an entire family of humans, including third-degree cousins jumping off a tall building because their wacky uncle did it first. The concept is a complete joke rammed down the public’s throat by whale scientists following the ideas of Hitler.
Even Wikipedia (link) repeats the lie. They write:
“A key factor in many of these (mass stranding) cases appears to be the strong social cohesion of toothed whales. If one gets into trouble, its distress calls may prompt the rest of the pod to follow and beach themselves alongside.”
As its source, Wikipedia quotes Anton Van Helden, a stage comedian and the former marine mammal collection manager at the Museum of New Zealand. He says,
“…because of their strong social bond they will respond to an animal in distress in a particular way, and I imagine that if these animals are out at sea and one animal calls for help or gets in trouble in some way, then it calls for other animals to come and assist it, which is a perfectly fine survival strategy out in the open ocean, but when you get into an inshore environment, particularly the sort of whale trap type environments with these shallow grade beaches and so forth, that it’s a survival strategy which just really doesn’t work for the environment that they find themselves in.” (link)
The entire scenario, as laid out by Van Helden, comes from his comic imagination since there is no basis in science to support such wild conclusions. It’s just propaganda. Van Helden knows the only way to prove such nonsense is to put the whales on the witness stand and cross-examine them.
As another example of spreading this same fabrication, National Geographic Society quotes Dr. Trevor Spradlin, a marine mammal biologist, also with NOAA. Trevor tells us,
“Their need for group cohesion is very strong, so these animals stay together. Scientists believe that a pod typically gets stranded after one animal gets stuck. The rest get caught up in tide fluctuations and they get lost because they focus on being with the sick individual.” (link)
It is shocking that Dr. Spradlin passes himself off as capable of reading the minds of whales.
If rearranged a little, Dr. Spradlin’s statement does contain a tiny grain of truth. He said, “The rest get caught up in tide fluctuations and they get lost...” I would correct his words in the following fashion, “lost whales get washed into the beach by shoreward wind-driven currents coupled with the tidal inflow.” That surface currents guide lost whales to the beach is so bloody obvious that it is a great embarrassment to every whale scientist who has ever watched a video of an ongoing beaching.
The Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals (link) by Bernd G. Würsig and J. G. M. Thewisse, supports the lie by saying,
“Strong social bonds may partially explain why pilot whales are among the species of cetaceans that most frequently mass-strand.”
Dr. Sarah D. Oktay, Managing Director Boston Nantucket Field Station says,
“Because the species typically involved are extremely social, the bonds that hold groups together are perhaps strong enough to supersede the survival instincts of individual animals. Although we don’t know what specifically might set off a mass stranding event, we know that once animals start coming ashore, it’s extremely difficult to stop the process from continuing and escalating. Affected animals will relentlessly follow one another ashore as if crippled by widespread panic, even when there is clear access to open water.” (link)
Think about “whales following each other as if crippled by panic.” Would it not make far more sense if the entire pod had suffered a pressure-related diving accident that had disabled each members biosonar?
Writing for the New York Times, the famous whale scientists working for Woods Hole, Peter Tyack, glorifies and reinforces the propaganda when he says,
“Whales evolved social mechanisms to defend against predators, support injured or sick animals, find and catch prey, perhaps even to decide where to move. As a close-knit group enters a disorienting and potentially dangerous area, this may trigger even greater social cohesion that, while helpful in other situations, can be deadly in shallow shores. Mass strandings thus seem to be a tragic consequence of social bonding — which is particularly intense in pilot whales.”
Come on Peter Tyack… pods of toothed whales are the most acoustically advanced animals Earth has ever known. Why would they enter disorienting and potentially dangerous areas? The whole concept of a pod following a sick member to a certain death is nothing more than propaganda meant to fool the whale-loving public.
Rescue groups naturally join the bandwagon. Scotland’s Animal Welfare Society (link) says,
“Pilot whales have extremely strong social bonds, which sadly means healthy whales within the pod will follow sick and injured whales onto the shore.”
They also have a big donate button on their website. They must make you believe that the whales they push back into the sea are healthy if they expect a donation. If the public finds out that rescue groups are just spreading false propaganda, the donate button will become rusty… no one is going to support the idea of saving whales destined to die shortly, especially after they realize they’ve been lied to.
NOAA’s Office of Protected Resources (link) also backs up this fabrication by saying,
“The strong social structure of these animals has been implicated in mass strandings on beaches.”
Blair Mase, a NOAA whale stranding coördinator (link) recently said,
“Pilot whales are susceptible to mass strandings because they form close-knit social groups and are often unwilling to leave even one sick whale behind.”
Erin Fougeres, another NOAA stranding coördinator, tells us (link) that,
“pilot whales mass strand because they have a very tight social structure so one or two of the animals may be sick and the rest of the pod may follow those individuals in and then become stranded and debilitated and sick and eventually strand themselves.”
Dr. Susan Parks, an expert on whale acoustics and mass strandings, spreads the false assertion by saying,
“…whales that travel in pods use ‘strength-in-numbers survival strategy, but this can backfire when the dominant whale runs aground. The rest of the pod may follow a disoriented or sick whale onto the shore.” (Link)
Even discovery.com promotes this false concept.
“Experts also theorize that when one sick animal becomes stranded, its calls of distress can cause an entire pod to respond and strand themselves, too.” (Link)
In other words, government whale scientists and rescue coordinators are using propaganda to convince the public that HEALTHY pelagic whales and dolphins follow sick pod mates to the beach and end up getting stuck in the sand by accident.
Cape Cod is the perfect example of rescuers lying to the public. This team is good at saving dying dolphins that have lost their sense of direction. They load the lost non-navigating animals onto four-wheel carts and tow them over to the outer bank at Herring Cove north of Provincetown. They wait until after high tide and the water starts to flow out to sea away from the beach. At the same time, the tide starts flowing out from inside Cape Cod and starts moving east along the beach at Herring Cove towards Race Point. The main flow then moves offshore 5 or 6 miles, swinging south along the ocean side beach.
The flow of the current guides the released dolphins because they have no sense of direction of their own. They simply swim in the path of least drag around Race Point and into the jaws of death.
Thanks to Cape Cod’s marine mammal rescue teams, the monster white sharks wait downstream from Race Point for their dinner to swim blindly into their jaws.
The practice of pushing dying whales, dolphins, and seals offshore has increased the shark population on the outer bank of Cape Code to dangerous levels. If a shark kills someone in the area, their family should file a lawsuit against the ones feeding the sharks. Watch the “Return of Jaws.” And shock yourself by looking at all the Cape Cod shark news on Google. If you check it out, you will never swim on the outer banks of Cape Cod as long as you live.
The so-called “rescued whales and dolphins” only swim downstream with the flow. The rescue teams take advantage of this situation to falsely claim they are saving stranded whales. The public donates money because they do not know the truth. The rescue teams are happy and so are the various governments on Cape Cod.
To truly save a pod of beached whales, the rescue teams would have to re-hydrate and feed them tons of fresh squid and fish and kept them penned up for a few weeks until their sinuses recovered. A medical team would also need to treat them during their recovery. Who would pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to rehabilitate a pod of earthquake-injured whales?
By the way, years ago they use to cut them up and sell the meat to mink farmers. They also extract the whale oil and sold that too. The Indians of Cape Cod ate them.
So what are the scientists gonna do now? Tell you the whales have no sense of direction and will not survive, or continue to lie to you and say that only one or two whales are sick and the rest are healthy animals that just made a mistake because they love each other so much?
I could go on for 10 more pages of examples. The truth is simple. Whale scientists have plastered false propaganda all over the Internet. And nothing could be any more ridiculous or further from the truth. Healthy pelagic whales and dolphins never swim into the shallow water. They spend their entire lives deep offshore and have no experience near a beach. They would never follow a sick pod member in a Jim Jones style suicide. On the other hand, coastal water species have been known to chase fish ashore, strand themselves on the beach as they grab the fish flopping in the sand, then roll back into the sea, and swim away with their catch in their mouth. Many videos on YouTube show how easy this technique works when you are familiar with the shallow water.
Think about it this way: Whether scientists will admit it or not, there is always a shoreward flow of the surface currents along with a rising tide when a pod of whales strand themselves. After they make contact with the sand, the tide rises even higher and the shoreward flow pushes the whales further and further up the beach. The falling tide eventually leaves them stuck in the sand near the high tide mark. When the rescuers show up, they must wait until the next crest of the high tide so they can refloat the whales. If they do everything right, they will push the refloated whales out to deeper water while the tide is flowing quickly out to sea. The lost whales swim away downstream with the tidal outflow and in the path of least drag.
On the other hand, the rescue team can not release the whales if the wind is blowing the surface currents towards the beach, generating a shoreward flow strong enough to overcome the flow of the outgoing tide. If they do, the refloated whales will just turn around and swim back to the sand.
Something similar is happening in the video below:
At the start, you see the rescue team clearing the blow holes at low tide. The film stops and then starts again as we near high tide. You see the whales floating near the high tide mark. Then you see a man in a hat pushing a whale out to deep water. The tide in still rising so the current is still flowing in towards the beach. The man tells you that he’s having a hard time keeping his whale from turning around and heading back towards the beach. This is because the tidal flow is still coming in towards the sand. Within a few minutes, the tidal flow will start out again and then his whale will swim to deeper water.
You see this same situation repeat itself during hundreds of so-called successful rescues. What you don’t see, and what you don’t think about, is that the whales are swimming with the surface flow. Surface currents control the swim path of all stranded whales. The incoming tide washes them higher up the beach. The rescue team must re-float them when the next high tide peaks, and then quickly pushed out towards the deeper water while the tide is flowing back out to sea.
If strong wind-driven surface currents overcome the outbound tidal flow, the rescue teams then pull out loaded guns and/or big needles and kill the stranded whales to prevent their suffering. Or, if they want to give the TV cameras a big dog and pony show, they sometimes load the whales on trucks and take them overland to a beach where the currents are flowing out to sea. In other words, the rescue team must release the whales with the tidal outflow so that the surface currents guide the lost whales out of sight and out of mind. The sharks then dispose of the evidence of a failed rescue.
Use your head. Lots of strandings occur when the sea is rough and there are breaking waves in the surf zones. These waves stir up the sand and deposit zillions of tiny bubbles of air into the water. Such conditions block a healthy whale’s sonar rendering them blind to what is in front of them. Only a whale or pod of whales already acoustically lost would enter such a condition.
Scientists tell you that whales strand because the beach does not return a good echo or because the deposits in the rough surf block their sonar. This is misleading. Healthy whales who use biosonar to navigate would NEVER enter an acoustically blind zone. They would turn around and swim in the opposite direction; they are simply not that stupid. Undisputed proof of their strong desire for individual self-preservation is found in the fact that they have flourished in the world’s deep oceans for over 35 million years.
Furthermore, to be successful as a species in an environment filled with packs of hungry sharks and killer whales, each individual pod member must have a strong desire to survive and pass on their genes. Said differently, individual pod members must be 100% devoted to staying alive long enough to raise their young. The desire to live is a universal selfish instinct; it is personal survival that each whale is seeking. All living animals descend from selfish individuals.
Whale scientists should know that self-preservation is the first law of nature (link). They should also know that self-preservation is the hallmark of all life so why not tell the public the truth?
WHY DO THEY SPREAD PROPAGANDA? ESPECIALLY THOSE WORKING FOR THE US NAVY AND NOAA!
They mislead you for many reasons. That they are protecting the source of 97% of their funding is obvious. Another reason is so that you will continue to send donations to the groups that push dying whales to the sharks waiting just offshore.
Every year, NOAA furnishes $100,000 taxpayer dollars to each of about 75 approved whale rescue groups (link). The public must believe the whales are healthy and have a good chance to survive. Taxpayers would never give groups a $100,000 dollar bonus to push sick and dying whales off the beach without some sort of treatment. Nor would the public donate tax-free money to rescue groups.
Claiming that healthy whales follow a sick pod mate is the best way for the rescue teams to fool the public. They need folks to keep on donating. The scientific corruption must continue with the help of the crooked media of course. Besides, repeating such fabrication over and over again is scientific misconduct. But they can’t possibly come out of the closet now because they’ve tricked us for 59+ years. How could they ever live down 5 decades of lying to the public? Their own deception has trapped them!
The whales have not been able to dive and feed for weeks; many are near death due to severe dehydration and lack of nourishment. Their immune systems are failing and many show up with viral and bacterial infections, especially in their lungs and sinuses. The injury also causes a rapid increase in their normal burden of parasitic worms in their sinuses; sometimes leading to a super-infection. Most obviously, if whale scientists lie about why whales beach, they will also lie about the health of these animals. Lying is like cancer, the more you lie, the sicker you get.
Written by Capt. David Williams, Chairman of the Deafwhale Society, the oldest whale conservation group in the world.
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