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Originally posted by boren
I think it has to do with the tsunami, not military/oil seismic testing, and not sonar.
Seriously, I think it has to do with the tsunami, not military/oil seismic testing, and not sonar. But then again, I could be working for the government. But if I was working for the government, then I guess I wouldn't be as obvious to say I could be working for the government. Hmm...
More beached whales in North Carolina, these beachings are related to the military's sonar and that may be connected to these quakes. HAARP?
At Least 22 Pilot Whales Beach in N.C. - Saturday the 15th.
Look what was in the area around the time the whales beached themselves. Hmmmm electromagnetic waves?
U.S.S. Teddy Roosevelt, has been doing military maneuvers in this area for several days. The battle group is usually composed of an Aircraft Carrier, Destroyer Guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71), guided guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81); destroyer USS Stump (DD 978); guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52); fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8); and two attack submarines. It is not known for sure at this time if the military ships in the area had an affect on the whales that would have driven them to shore.
My Tsunami thread
Source: The Acoustic Ecology Institute
Seismic surveys utilize airguns to produce explosive impulses of sound directed toward the ocean bottom. Echoes produced by these impulses are used to gather information on sub-surface geological features; this information is used by academic geologists and the oil and gas industry. Both researchers and the public have become concerned about ways that sounds created by the airguns may impact ocean creatures; while it is generally believed that the risk of physiological damage is low, there are many uncertainties in our understanding of both sound propagation and biological effects. In addition, the complexities of acoustics science and inconsistent measuring systems used within the research community have made it difficult for non-scientists to communicate their concerns in an informed way. Here we provide a primer for the non-scientist on current knowledge about airguns, propagation of their sounds over distance, and acoustic sensitivity of ocean dwelling creatures; a discussion of the need for a precautionary approach to regulation of anthropogenic sound in the seas; and a series of suggested mitigations and research programs to be undertaken in consort with future seismic surveys. Link
Source: Australian Conservation Foundation
SEISMIC TESTING AT SEA
Ocean based seismic testing is not the innocuous tapping on the ocean floor that many in government and the oil industry would like us to believe. It is extremely loud. Sound is communication, navigation, echo location, food finder and defence system for many marine creatures. Any damage could be fatal. Despite this, seismic testing is virtually unregulated.
Source: Australian Conservation Foundation
Given its very intrusive and deafening nature, if seismic testing were conducted on land it would attract considerable attention from planning bodies and be subject to strict regulatory controls.
At sea, this work is only guided by departmental policy guidelines (not regulations) in spite of emerging evidence that it is considerably more damaging to marine biodiversity than previously thought. When oil and gas exploration companies agree to meet the guidelines, seismic testing avoids most Commonwealth environmental controls and assessment procedures.
Reuters: Mass whale stranding at two Australian beaches
Jun 2, 2005
Up to 160 whales became stranded on two beaches on Australia's southwest coast Thursday after two pods beached themselves.
The false killer whales, most between four and five meters (13 to 16 feet) long, beached themselves near the coastal town of Busselton, 200km (125 miles) south of the western city of Perth.
"They are very large animals and are hard to move," said veterinarian Phil Rapton, as hundreds of rescuers tried desperately to push the whales back into the ocean.
"We are just waiting for heavy machinery to arrive to try and move them," Rapton told local media.
The Western Australian state Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) said none of the whales had died, but some were "copping a battering."