I was looking into possible effects from toxic chemicals introduced in the industry and to what degree these may be a factor in the beaching of whales and other ocean dwelling animals.
So with this in mind, I wanted to ask when did the earliest documented cases of beaching of ocean-dwelling animals happen?
Note that I am not here looking for:
- Cases where e.g. it has rained fish somewhere as in that sort of cases (if true) the fishes where picked up from the ocean by a tornado or something.
- Cases where the species beach themselves due to a natural drive to do so.
I am looking for cases where the fishes may have beached themselves involuntarily, such as due to perhaps some illness. Also, "documented" in this case would mean something that was referred to in a news article or a research study.