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Military sonar linked to whale strandings

By T.K. Randall
July 3, 2013 · Comment icon 4 comments



Image Credit: Whit Welles
Military exercises involving sonar could account for cases of mass dolphin and whale strandings.
New research has indicated that whales and other marine life have a tendency to flee from the loud sonar that military vessels use to find submarines. Some species such as beaked whales were found to be particularly sensitive to sonar, causing them to flee from the noise and end up either injured or stranded.

"Noise pollution threatens vulnerable populations, driving them away from areas important to their survival, and at worst injuring or even causing the deaths of some whales and dolphins," said dolphin conservationist Sarah Dolman.
Whales flee from the loud military sonar used by navies to hunt submarines, new research has proven for the first time. The studies provide a missing link in the puzzle that has connected naval exercises around the world to unusual mass strandings of whales and dolphins.


Source: Guardian Unlimited | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by WhyDontYouBeliEveMe 9 years ago
The marine is using sonar to hunt for mermaids ! And somehow those wales are always around mermaids !
Comment icon #2 Posted by moonshadow60 9 years ago
I've heard that the sonar can burst their eardrums. Those are some really powerful sound waves, if they can do that.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
It would not surprise me at all that military sonar affects some marine life. I see no reason how it COULD NOT !
Comment icon #4 Posted by The New Richard Nixon 9 years ago
I thought it was the affect of the Moon?


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