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400 Pilot Whales Discovered Dead

March 22, 2011

On Speedwell island, south west of East Falklands, 400 pilot whales were discovered dead. The man who discovered the whales on March 12th, estimated they had been dead for about 10 days placing the time of death around March 2, 2011.

Space Weather.com reported a geomagnetic storm on March 1st. A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field on March 1st, sparking a day-long geomagnetic storm and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle.

PTWB believes there is a strong correlation between geomagnetic storms from the Sun impacting the Earth’s electro-magnetic field and affecting the magnetite in birds, certain fish, dolphins and whales which are known by experts to be related for their navigation and orientation.

Dolphin Communication Project
Magnetite is a naturally occurring mineral that reacts to magnetic fields. Scientists believe that many animals may have small amounts of magnetite in their brains, allowing them to sense magnetic fields produced by the earth. Animals like bats and birds (especially pigeons) are thought to navigate large distances without using any clues as to where they are other than the presence and shape of magnetic fields which they can sense using the magnetite in their brains. Whales and dolphins too are thought to have small amounts of magnetite in their brains allowing them to navigate enormous distances across the oceans. Scientists also suspect that some whales and dolphins may strand when the earth’s magnetic fields fluctuate beyond their normal position. Navigating by the magnetic fields they have used their entire lives, whales and dolphins may think that they are in the open ocean, but in reality they are dangerously close to shore. It would be a lot like trying to navigate your living room with a blindfold on after someone had moved around all of your furniture. Even humans have a small amount of magnetite in their brains, so the next time you trip over your shoelaces, you can blame it on fluctuating magnetic fields…

Global Animal Mercopress reports: On a remote island in the Falklands, 400 pilot whales died after grounding on a beach. Scientists have been dispatched to determine the cause of the groundings.

The pod of whales apparently died after becoming stranded on the uninhabited Speedwell island to the south west of East Falkland and were discovered by Christopher May a local sheep farmer.

Chris May told Mercopress he discovered the stranded whales around March 12th when he visited his sheep farm on Speedwell Island to the south of East Falklands.

He estimated that they had been dead for around 10 days, when he discovered the unaccountable incident which scientists have long attempted to diagnose. He twice counted the whales and reached 400 each time.

Chris May said that unusually many of them were ‘floating’ dead in the water. The larges of the whales were between 20-25 feet and the smallest around 5 feet in length.

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  1. Steve
    May 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Ok, but really, magnetite is not sonar, so tripping over shoelaces is really not the best analogy, maybe if you said, we try to walk into our bathroom in the dark but end up at the entryway, anyways… hope this helps for future reference.

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