I read an email today at work which detailed the stranding of several whales of different species on beaches on different islands off North West Africa and the entrance to the Mediterranean. These happenings seem to be coinciding with a VERY big military exercise (NATO) going on in the same sea area. Several strandings have been live and the animals have been 'relaunched' so to speak and appear to have been saved. Many others have died and post mortems are going on. Scientists are also searching the area for other dead whales which have not reached land in the hope of getting further data. The initial thinking is that the balance/hearing organs are being damaged by the exercise whatever that may mean. My guess ranges from lots of very heavy and powerful engine vibrations to shells and bombs exploding in the sea. I don't know and maybe at the moment no one does. It may be worth keeping an eye on the internet and the press for further developments. I'm sure there will be some.