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US Navy’s use of sonar suspected for the strandings of whales May 1, 2006

Posted by Administrator in Whales.

I've touched this subject before, and I want to talk about it again. The US Navy's sonar is messing the whales up. There have been many occasions where whales appear where they aren't supposed to, do things they aren't supposed to, and have the US Navy doing sonar activities in the vicinity. The worst incident of stranding was of about 200 melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) in 2004 off of Hawai'i. Scientists have proven that the whales were in fact stranded by the use of US Navy Sonar. From an earlier article that I wrote, I said this:

"The U.S. Navy's sonar is believed to have been responsible for at least six incidents of unusual behavior and even death among pods of whales in the last 10 years, according to a recent U.S. Congressional Research Service report. On July 3, 2004, 150 to 200 melon-head whales (Peponocephala electra) were seen milling around in Hamalei Bay off of Hawai'i's Kauai Island during a rim of the Pacific exercise. In this exercise, mid-frequency sonar was used. Scientists say even the low-frequency sonar causes a roaring sound comparable to that of a twin engine jet fighter. A mid-frequency is said to sound like a rocket."

The Navy responds by saying that they are doing whatever they can to ensure that another incident like the one of 2004 will not happen again. I hope so, because these whales can't take much more. Whales have taken 100's of millions of years to perfect their sensory organs, and they don't need any humans screwing them up with sonar.



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