The whales cleared up on the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coasts in Jan and Feb 2016, and there were also beachings in the Netherlands, Germany and France.
Scientists trust that whales – as good as other animals such as birds – use the Earth’s captivating fields to help them navigate when they migrate.
But – writing in the International Journal of Astrobiology – a group of researchers argues that intrusion to these fields by Solar storms can “lead to short-term captivating embodiment changes” that upset the mammals.
The high-energy particles expelled towards the Earth during a Solar charge “deform the Earth’s captivating field”.
These particles also furnish the famous Northern Lights – and can meddle with communications systems, satellites and means energy blackouts.
A few weeks before the whales cleared up, a Norwegian measuring hire nearby Shetland available changes in the captivating margin power and desire in the area.
It is at this essential indicate that the migrating animals may have first strayed off course, making a “fatal” error, the researchers suggest.
They trust the first Solar charge caused a fanciful change in the captivating margin by up to 460km north to south.
The second, which began on New Year’s Eve 2015, caused fluctuations homogeneous to a embodiment flaw of 277km.
The 29 whales that cleared up were all males, which grow up at reduce latitudes with a “largely composed geo-magnetic field”.
The investigate group believes this means that younger males mostly “have no knowledge of random, sudden geomagentic storms” and therefore are not used to switching to a opposite way of navigating.
Instead of swimming north of Shetland to hunt for squid, the whales done a deadly navigation blunder and headed south into the much shallower North Sea.
Three whales finished up stranded at Old Hunstanton in Norfolk on 22 Jan – but two managed to make it back to open water.
On 24 January, 3 beached nearby Skegness. A day later, another whale became stranded at Wainfleet, Lincolnshire.
The final UK beaching was on 2 Feb – again at Old Hunstanton.
The biggest stranding, however, was in Germany, when eight whales cleared up nearby Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog.