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These whales choked to death when fish got stuck in their blowholes, which is as awful as it sounds

(WASHINGTON POST)  December 2, 2015 — It’s not a good way to go.

Choking on a fish is a bad way to go, even for a human. But imagine minding your own business and then suddenly getting a fish crammed up your nostril. I mean, I don’t know that that’s what it’s like for a whale to get a fish stuck in its blowhole, but it seems as if it’s at least getting there.

So, yeah, this is terrible. A study published two weeks ago in PLOS ONEreports that a pair of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) found beached on the Dutch coast a month apart shared the same grisly cause of death: a blowhole full of fish.

Source: These whales choked to death when fish got stuck in their blowholes, which is as awful as it sounds – The Washington Post