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Can animals really commit suicide?

  1. Frienderal profile image75
    Frienderalposted 3 years ago

    Can animals really commit suicide?

    I do witness animals who suffered from depression, but do animals possess the capacity to commit suicide?


  2. BEMD profile image60
    BEMDposted 3 years ago

    In 2009 a group of False Killer Whales  washed up on shore in a small South African town. The strange thing is when the whales where pushed back in to the water they immediately swam back to shore again, beaching themselves.This happened so many times, the animals eventually had to be euthanized.
    Since the times of Aristotle there have been reports of marine animals beaching or stranding themselves purposely.
    Some people believe it is man made pollution and or sonar messing with these creatures built in GPS so they accidentally beach themselves .
    Others believe these animals have given up on life, maybe dew to the loss of their  pod matriarch, or maybe even lack of food to sub-stain their entire pod so they die together instead of dying one by one.
    I guess it is all speculation. It depends on how you interpret the evidence.

    1. Melissa A Smith profile image98
      Melissa A Smithposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      There are various other theories on why pilot whales beach themselves. They are mammals, and if they are sick they won't want to sink into the ocean. They also follow one sick high-ranking member of their pod. Other proposals suggest sonar issues.

    2. BLynd Logyk profile image75
      BLynd Logykposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That's interesting and sad if you can put yourself in the perspective of the whale sad

      Imagine the thought of being too sick to swim and just slowly sinking to the bottom of the ocean until you either die or are eaten by something scary!