Why Do Marine Mammals Strand?

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Science  07 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5536, pp. 1755
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5536.1755

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Although many strandings end up as unsolved cases, scientists have no shortage of suspected causes, including disease, malnutrition, poisoning, injuries, storms, or parasites. It's been harder, however, to pinpoint the causes of relatively rare mass strandings, which can involve dozens of seemingly healthy animals.