Dead Cetacean? Beach, Bloat, Float, Sink
The authors of this work reviewed the possible factors that make a cetacean Beach, Bloat, Float, Sink after death, and how to recognize the origin of the cetacean mortality.
Only some carcasses strand, or remain floating. Negatively buoyant animals that die at depth, or on the surface, and sink, may never surface, even after decomposition gas accumulation, as in cold, deep waters gas may fail to adequately reduce the density of a carcass, precluding it from returning to the surface.