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More than 60 disoriented dolphins swam into ankle-deep waters off the Florida Keys near the town of Marathon last Wednesday, prompting a massive rescue operation involving wildlife officials and dozens of volunteers.
"The navy takes this very seriously and is, of course, interested in the outcome" of the investigation, Senior Chief Gregg Snaza, a spokesman for the US Fleet Force Command, said in a telephone interview from Norfolk, Virginia.
Scientists and environmental activists have repeatedly charged that powerful high-pitched sonars used by navy surface ships and submarines for navigation and targeting purposes is causing distress among marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, deafening and disorienting them and, eventually, prompting their mass stranding.
Originally posted by wyatt43
Dolphins are soo sweet!! I think that they are even more intelligent then some humans!!!
They were land creatures but went back to the sea... they arent resticted to the laws and inventions that destroy worlds. They have fun and enjoy themselves. They are socialable and loveable creatures.... they are truly a superior species!!
Originally posted by Souljah
...but as always, man's ambitions for a superior and more efficent weaponary,
has caused the nature to suffer.
this time one of my favorite animals in the world:
if the tuna fisherman dont kill them,
the u.s. navy will, with this kind of "experiments"!
Originally posted by Partyof1
Once again, a decent story gets ruined with personal political bias
Couldn't agree more that if the beaching is due to the Navy practices it should be stopped, or at the very least moved to another more appropriate location. But this love of dolphins and the environment you claim to have smells selective to me. Do you drive a gas powered car?, wear leather by chance, eat meat that you dont go out and personally kill? Compared to factory farms, or industrial polution, the navy's excercises pale in comparison. I'm thinking this post is yet another round-the-back slam on the military.
If you want to make a real difference, go after the biggies. Hell, I'll join ya!
Originally posted by Terapin
I submited this subject to ATS as a News story but it didnt get posted. There is alot of evidence that the Navys use of sonar is harmful to marine mamals. There have been other incidences of dolphins and other marine mamals being killed by Naval Sonar. The Royal navy ( england) is in the process of upgrading their sonar systems because they know the harm it causes and are going to a more advanced passive sonar system that also has the advantage of not giving away a submarines locaton with the classic PING of active sonar.
It is interesting to note that the Navy refuses to discuss whether or not Sonar was used in this training excersize. There is no reason not to disclose the information unless they wish to deny any connection to the dolphin kill. The training excersize was with navy seals and simply disclosing whether or not sonar was used wouldnt reveal any military secrets. That they ARE going to investigate any connection to the dolphin kill clearly indicates that they were indeed using active sonar during the training mission.
The navy's experiments with powerful sonars became front page news in March 2000, when members of four different species of whales stranded themselves on beaches in the Bahamas after a US naval battle group used active sonar in the area. Investigators later found that the whales were bleeding internally around their brains and ears, according to environmental activists.
Last year, the European Parliament called on the EU's 25 member states to stop deploying high-intensity active sonar until more is known about its environmental impact. But the US navy insists high-intensity sonar is important for the success of its missions.