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In the United States, experts were investigating the possibility that sonar from U.S. submarines could have been responsible for a similar incident in Marathon, Florida, where 68 deep-water dolphins stranded themselves in March 2005.
A U.S. Navy task force patrols the East Africa coast as part of counterterrorism operations. A Navy official was not immediately available for comment, but the service rarely comments on the location of submarines at sea.
Originally posted by Griff
The thing about the toxin theory is, how would it affect 400 dolphins at once? Unless they came upon an extremely toxic school of fish. Which could be possible I guess.
WHAT could kill 400 dolphins all at once. This is crazy!
Originally posted by TheHorseChestnut
One word ULF
Experimental submarine Ultra low frequency communications I believe are
solely responsible for all beachings around the world. It distrupts normal sonar and confuses the animals.
Biologists have for the most part, been baffled by most beachings by whales and
dolphins. There really is no valid natural cause.
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) -- Scientists tried to discover Saturday why hundreds of dolphins washed up dead on a beach popular with tourists on the northern coast of Zanzibar.
Among other possibilities, marine biologists were examining whether U.S. Navy sonar threw the animals off course.
The animals may have been disturbed by some unknown factor, or poisoned, before they became stranded in shallow waters and died, said Narriman Jiddawi, a marine biologist at the Institute of Marine Science of the University of Dar es Salaam.
Preliminary examination of their stomachs indicated the dolphins had either not eaten for a long time or had vomited severely. Their general condition, however, showed that they had not starved, she said.
Experts planned to further examine the dolphins' stomachs for traces of poison, including from the toxic "red tides" of algae.