Whats cooking with all these scuicidal Whales?!

How crazy is it that all those whales beached longbeach!
This morning i went down to long beach after waking up to storys of seven killer whales to 47 pilot whales beached along long beaches shores. When i finally got down there, the beach was packed with people coming to check the whales. Can anyone tell me what type of whales they were? and what there mission was to beach our shores?
I checked as anyone who owned a wetsuit quickly jumped into the shallow water and attempted to return the whales to the ocean. They kept suceeding in freeing the whales to having them swim right back to shore? I wonder what scuicidal whale instinct was making them come back? anyone know why? would like to know.
also proud of being a surfer today because most of those guys helping out and getting into the wetsuits they own were surfers. Right on to them!
If anyone else knows more about what was cracking or has more info about the whales pls right on this blog.

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Comment by Brandon Bradley on June 1, 2009 at 21:57
Funny that us surfers can't stand one another in the waves but we can pull together no problem when it calls for it. Big ups to the Kommetjie surfers and the rest of the Cape surfing community for giving our ocean friends a hand.
Comment by Cameron Coetzer on June 1, 2009 at 18:12
Very interesting, stoked the local community all got involved!
Comment by Paul Preen on May 31, 2009 at 10:19
Simillar thing happened in Australia earlier this year. Extract of web below:
March 02 2009 at 10:32AM

Sydney- Scores of whales died after nearly 200 beached themselves in Australia but rescuers refloated some and were racing to save dozens of others, officials said on Monday.

A total of 192 pilot whales and several dolphins got stranded on an island off southern Australia on Sunday evening and around 140 had died while 14 had been refloated, Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service said.
Comment by Paul Preen on May 30, 2009 at 14:32
According to ACSONLINE, these are Pilot whale which are part of the Dolphin family second in size to the Killer Whale, the theory why they beach which is quite common in numbers is, Their persistent to keep together, they have mis-navigated when following prey, when traveling they have experienced irregularities in magnetic feilds or as a result of parasitic infections resulting in neurological disorders. By the looks of it know one really knows
Comment by Paul Preen on May 30, 2009 at 13:40
Apparently they were Pilot Whales



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