Twenty-six dolphins died this week in an apparent mass suicide attempt in England, while others were led back out to sea by volunteers. A zoological pathologist examining the animals has determined that "The dolphins had swallowed and inhaled big chunks of mud from the estuary. Their lungs and stomachs were full of it." While there is no explanation yet for the mass killing, some have suggested it was due to Royal Navy submarine exercises in the area, a killer whale or infection. Douglas Adams' explanation, however, is after the jump. [The Guardian]

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