The whale strandings have been linked to an impending earthquake
For centuries, scientists have stated animals are more in tune with the Earth than we are, leading many to believe that the mass-beaching of whales on New Zealand’s South Island is a forecast for an impending quake.
In the weeks before the earthquake in the Indian Ocean which triggered the catastrophic Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, which killed more than 230,000 people, more than 170 whales washed up on the shores of Australia and New Zealand.
In early December 2004, just weeks before the tsunami, Dr Arunachalam Kumar, professor at Kanachur Medical College in India posted this chilling premonition: "It is my observation, confirmed over the years, that mass suicides of whales and dolphins that occur sporadically all over the world, are in someway related to change and disturbances in the electromagnetic field coordinates and possible realignments of geotectonic plates thereof.
“Tracking the dates and plotting the locales of tremors and earthquakes, I am reasonably certain, that major earthquakes usually follow within a week or two of mass beaching of cetaceans.
Hundreds of whales have been beaching themselves in recent weeks
“I have noted with alarm, the last week report of such mass deaths of marine mammals in an Australian beachside.
“I will not be surprised if within a few days a massive hit hits some part of the globe. The interrelationship between the unusual `death-wish' of pods of whales and its inevitable aftermath, the earthquake, may need a further impassioned and unbiased looking into.”
Now many are anticipating the worst again.
The 2004 tsunami claimed the lives of more than 230,000 people
YouTube channel Earthquake Alert posted a video with the warning: “It has long been recorded throughout history that mass beaching of whales occurs shortly before massive earthquakes.
“The higher the population of whales that beach and die is now thought to be a direct correlation to the significant magnitude of an earthquake.
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“This is a natural early warning earthquake detection system.”
Scientists however say there is no link
Twitter was also awash with fear, with one user saying: “Over a hundred pilot whales beached themselves in New Zealand and then the earthquake. Wonder if tectonic plate shifts confuse whales. Hmmm.”
TV New Zealand added: "has anyone noticed the correlation between beached whales and earthquakes?”
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However, scientists moved to calm the situation, with University of Auckland marine biologist Dr Rochelle Constantine telling the New Zealand Herald: “There's no strong evidence that strandings are linked to earthquake events.
“For marine mammals these events are mostly inconsequential to them.
"There's a lot of complexity involved in it. It's not an uncommon event."