posted on Feb, 13 2006 @ 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Echtelion
3- HAARP is fully operational since the late '90s... anybody can find records of massive beached whales phenomenon that happened in the '80s or
'70s? I bet you won't, as all the whales that have beached in the past were isolated cases and most of these were sick or dead when they beached.
I remember stories of mass whale strandings when I was a kid in the sixties, and at that time, it was something of a matter of common folklore about
whales committing mass suicide. They happen every year around the world.
Depending on who you ask, mass whale strandings have been going on for all of recorded human history.
This suggests that mass strandings are not necessarily caused by HAARP or active sonar use.
However, that doesn't mean they are harmless to sea life.
As an intriguing aside, historically speaking, driving whales ashore was also done deliberately as a means of catching them for fun and profit – in
addition to opportunistic hauls when whales beached themselves spontaneously:
A century ago, Cape Codders hunted whales
U.S. Navy Fesses Up – In One Case
I found the following article interesting, in as much as it points out that the U.S. Navy has acknowledged at least partial responsibility for a mass
whale stranding off the Bahamas in 2000:
Whale Stranding in N.C. Followed Navy Sonar Use
As pointed out above, that doesn't mean the U.S. Navy is responsible for all strandings. Also, it may not be the case that whales will necessarily
beach themselves the moment a destroyer fires up its SQS-53.
Still, it's worth an honest analysis and, ideally, practical steps being taken by all navies
to reduce undue harm to the denizens of
the ocean that don't wear uniforms.