http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/143541

7 beached pilot whales die on Galapagos

Posted Mar 19, 2007 by RobotGod

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sc/ecuador_beached_whales;_ylt=AiPfvf7BLTVPX7lMgW.XoaHMWM0F

Seven pilot whales that came ashore on the Galapagos Islands died Sunday, despite the efforts of rescuers who dug makeshift pools in the sand to keep them from dehydrating. Five other whales in the group were returned to the ocean.
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The 10-30 foot whales came ashore on Saturday. The Galapagos Islands was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 for their exotic flora and fauna. Not much else to say about this one, except that these poor animals are so confused by Navy sonar and other man made factors, that this is happening way too frequently.
I happen to think that dolphins and whales are vastly more intelligent than we know or can comprehend. It is a shame, because one day soon they will be lost.
And you don't want to be forced to take a humpback whale back in time to save the world in a klingon ship ala Star Trek 4, now do you?