Whale strandings or ‘beachings’ are devastating as whales often die. Although the causes of most strandings are unknown, theories or links include: changes in water temperature, disturbances affecting their communication (echolocation), noise pollution (particularly sonar), entanglement in fishing gear, starvation, boat or ship strikes, diseases, parasites, harmful algal blooms, currents, weather, and tides. eWhaleStranding is working to collect real-time observations of whale strandings to capture broad trends to allow scientists, stakeholders, decision-makers, and locals to ask more informed questions and uncover new insights.