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A year later, environmental groups say the government's investigation of the whales' deaths smacks of a whitewash.
"All references to sonar have been systematically excised from the document," said Andrew Wetzler, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council
The council sued to have a preliminary necropsy report released. This week the government released two versions of the report, one of which is a revision a council spokesman says is watered down.
Reports on Whale Deaths Criticized
AUSTRALIAN Navy ships off a Tasmanian beach during a mass stranding of pilot whales were using active sonar, a controversial military technology implicated in whale deaths.
The minesweepers, searching for a historic anchor, used short-range, high-frequency active sonar, the Defence Department said last night...
...A total of 130 long-finned pilot whales have died in this week's mass stranding east of Hobart. State wildlife officers were keeping watch against further beachings last night.
Only 18 whales were successfully returned to the water by teams of rescuers.
Navy Rejects Whale Blame
Over the past 20 or so years, a number of mass whale stranding incidents have been reported in close proximity to military active sonar testing sites...
In March 2000, 16 whales of four different species stranded themselves in the Bahamas. Although two minke whales and eight of the beaked whales were rescued and sent back to the sea, the rest of them were already dead.
These strandings occurred within 24 hours of Navy mid-frequency testing in the area.
The Canary Islands (2002)
Fourteen beaked whales stranded on the beach during international military sonar exercises performed in this area in September 2002.
According to a report in the scientific journal Nature, the intense sonar pulses may have caused these beaked whales to ascend too rapidly, thus resulting in a physiological effect similar to decompression sickness in human divers. Examinations of the stranded whale carcasses showed gas bubbles formed within whales’ vital organs such as livers.
In addition to these incidents, Greece (1996), the Canary Islands (1985, 1988, 1989), and the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast (2003) have all experienced mass whale strandings in the vicinity of military active sonar exercises.
Mass Whale Strandings
Originally posted by SKMDC1
So, there's ongoing, seemingly increasing, incidents of large numbers of whales beaching themselves at the same time. In many of these incidents there are *confirmed* Navy sonar excercises going on in the area. The Navy denies there's a sonar issue. Finally when it happens on a US beach, they actually have to do an investigation because the 37 dead whales are on the endangered species list. When the final report is at last delivered one year later, in 2 different versions, it doesn't even mention sonar? No wonder the interested parties all smell "cover up".
I searched further and discovered this isn't a new thing at all. It's been going on for 20 years!
Originally posted by shots
All Eco terrorists want to do is blame the governments of the world so they can sue them and fill their coffers for some of their useless nonsense/claims.
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.