Beaked whales’ stealth behavior gives clues to mystery of mass stranding

A new study suggests that beaked whales have evolved stealthy and synchronized behavior to evade predators such as killer whales.

Predator avoidance is such a strong driver of their behavior that researchers say any hint of danger —even a naval sonar — could trigger an intense stress response, and possibly explain why beaked whales are prone to mass stranding.


Last updated on 11 February 2020