Three dolphins rescued after large group strands on Japan coast

Three dolphins rescued after large group strands on Japan coast
Rescuers and people look after a stranded dolphin at the shore in Hokota, north of Tokyo, Friday, April 10, 2015. Nearly 150 dolphins were found washed ashore the coast in central Japan on Friday morning. A Hokota city official said a total of 149 dolphins were found stranded on the beach by noon local time. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

About 150 dolphins beached themselves and became stranded on Japan's northeastern coast, but frantic rescue efforts Friday saved just a few of them.

Mostly melon-headed whales or blackfish, the were found alive but were extremely weak and later died.

Television footage showed dozens of people carrying buckets and pouring over the dolphins, or even covering them with bath towels, to keep them from drying up. The dolphins were wobbling and moving their fins as rescuers gently rubbed them.

They dolphins between 2 to 3 meters (yards) long were scratched badly, possibly from moving in the shallow coastal waters and on dry land.

The stranding occurred along about 10 kilometers (6 miles) of beach in Hokota, northeast of Tokyo.

The coast guard and police patrol boats transported three of the dolphins in good health offshore and released them in the water. Nearly all of the others were thought to be hopeless. Those that die were to be buried.

Tadasu Yamada, a cetacean expert at the National Museum of Nature and Science, told Japan's NHK public television that the dolphins may have had a physiological or psychological problem and faced an unknown threat and panicked, before becoming stranded.

Smaller beachings have occurred around Japanese coasts, including some 50 dolphins on a nearby beach in 2011.

  • Three dolphins rescued after large group strands on Japan coast
    Dolphins lie on the beach in Hokota, north of Tokyo, Friday, April 10, 2015. Nearly 150 dolphins were found washed ashore the coast in central Japan on Friday morning. A Hokota city official said a total of 149 dolphins were found stranded on the beach by noon local time. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
  • Three dolphins rescued after large group strands on Japan coast
    Dolphins lie on the beach in Hokota, north of Tokyo, Friday, April 10, 2015. Nearly 150 dolphins were found washed ashore the coast in central Japan on Friday morning. A Hokota city official said a total of 149 dolphins were found stranded on the beach by noon local time. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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Apr 12, 2015
Any seismic socalled "surveys" close to the areas where the dolphins stranded?
Why...?
Because seismic blastings are the worst disasters to all kinds of life connected to the oceans. The pressure waves created by the airguns towed behind seismic vessels scare all creatures able to get away. The many species not able to get away from the pressure dies.

Seismic blastings also close down sustainable coastal fisheries because it's impossible to catch fish when the fish is being scared away from the fishing banks by air guns.

Apr 13, 2015
making creatures deaf when they rely on social communication and on echo location for food wouldn't make them suicidal?

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