Is it possible that one hundred stranded pilot whales in New Zealand was a warning of the impending catastrophic earthquake that shook the country? Scientists and seers have looked to animal behavior before earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. In many cases animals have reacted strangely before a natural disaster or storm.
Sunday, less than 48 hours before the New Zealand earthquake, a pod of one hundred whales beached themselves near Cavalier Creek on Stewart Island. This is the second whale beaching in three weeks. Thirty stranded pilot whales beached themselves on the island earlier this month. Coincidence? Not all scientists think so.
In 2004, 170 whales died in Australia and New Zealand prior to the “Boxing Day Tsunami.” During this cataclysmic event, an underwater earthquake shook the Indian Ocean floor, resulting in a tsunami which killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries. Dr. Arunachalam Kumar, a professor from India, believes there is a connection between marine mammals and earthquakes. Three weeks before the “Boxing Day Tsunami, Kumar wrote, “It is my observation, confirmed over the years, that mass suicides of whales and dolphins that occur sporadically all over the world, are in some way related to change and disturbances in the electromagnetic field co-ordinates and possible realignments of geotectonic plates thereof. I would not be surprised if within a few days a massive quake hits some part of the globe.”
While there is no scientific data to prove the correlation between the beached whales and the earthquake in New Zealand, there has been a flurry of theories across the internet. According to PBS, NATURE’s Can Animals Predict Disaster,” Some creatures, for instance, may be able to ‘hear’ infrasound, — sounds produced by natural phenomena, including earthquakes, volcanoes, and storms, that are inaudible to the human ear. This ability may give elephants and other animals enough time to react and flee to safety.”