The Mysterious World Of Whales

08/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • CHARLES SIEBERT nytimes.com

On the afternoon of Sept. 25, 2002, a group of marine biologists vacationing on Isla San Jose, in Baja California Sur, Mexico, came upon a couple of whales stranded along the beach. A quick assessment indicated that they had died quite recently. The scientists radioed a passing vessel and sent a message to a colleague at a nearby marine-mammal laboratory, who came to the beach to do an examination.

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