CNN's Brooke Baldwin speaks to Alistair Dove, Director of Research & Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium regarding the 45 whales that are trapped near Everglades Park.
Just swim out toward the gulf they are trying to escape, then go underwater and listen and taste it...there's your answer–no kidding.
Could the bodies of the beached whales be used to lure the pod to deeper water?
What if you take the dead whales out to deeper water might the live family of whales follow?
I think some of the other remarks are on target. perhaps whales have to come to the conclusion on their own that the missing family members are, indeed, dead. i know this is an important psyche issue for humans too. . we need closure. so then, perhaps they can smell or sense the presence of important pod members but don't realize they're dead and keep coming back to join them. If any of this supposition is close, then the answer is to gather all the dead ones by either towing them or heli-lifting them to where they can be towed all together out to deeper water. they would then be realeased and the remaining pod would then be able to do what nature has equipped them to do. . .which is interact with the dead ones, "smell" them or otherwise determine they are dead. this then might be the close the pod needs before moving on!
after all, if one remembers the three trapped in the ice in alaska years ago, there were two adults and one newborn. one would expect that even if the two adults were lifted out of there they would have returned to their offspring. therefore, when the newborn finally died, the adults spent a couple days coming to terms with that before they finally were willing to leave and take care of themselves.
Towing the dead needs to be done quickly and with electric motors as not to contaminate the trail of odors. A nice slow tow out to waters that do not bring the dead whales back into shore/beach would be best. Elephants, dogs, and yes us humans do the same with our dead bodies of loved ones. Now convince the scientists to try it as they may not believe.
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