Yes, in this part of the world we see lots of whale and dolphin beachings. Whether they are the result of intentional action or the result of getting lost and trapped on shallow tidal flats - I don't know. I'm inclined towards the latter rather the former but I'm not a veterinarian or animal behaviouralist.
But I do know of family pets going away somewhere quiet to die. I tend to think that is the result of them suffering acute illness and trying to find a quiet comfortable place.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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