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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said that crew members of the whaler Nisshin Maru used the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) against rubber launches attempting to disrupt their yearly hunt in the Southern Ocean. The devices can cause nausea, disorientation and hearing damage.
The LRAD is a nonlethal weapon used for crowd control by security forces, as well as by ships travelling through pirate-infested waters. It consists of a round disc that directs a beam of shrill sound, extremely loud and off-putting at a range of several hundred yards, and capable of causing permanent ear damage at close range. “This is a military-grade weapon system that sends out mid to high-frequency sound waves designed to disorient and possibly incapacitate personnel,” Sea Shepherd said in a statement.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Whales have been prey for many cultures for centuries if not longer. Not all have continued the practice, why is that?
[edit on 3-2-2009 by Maxmars]