Whales: Navy barred from games near whales, dolphins

Photo: NOAA (Stranding event of melon-headed whales swimming in tight circles in Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, on July 3, 2004. Navy sonar exercises likely contributed to the event.)
Photo: NOAA (Stranding event of melon-headed whales swimming in tight circles in Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, on July 3, 2004. Navy sonar exercises likely contributed to the event.)

From Miyoko Sakashita, Oceans Director, Center for Biological Diversity (posted in the Huffington Post):

Screen shot 2015-04-05 at 11.26.54 PMWhales, dolphins and other marine mammals in the Pacific just caught a huge break: A federal judge this week invalidated a plan allowing the U.S. Navy to conduct dangerous and disruptive war games that the government admitted would cause about 9.6 million instances of harm to marine mammals over five years.

These military exercises, which sometimes use explosives and ultra-loud sonar blasts, exact an ugly toll: Scientists have linked these kinds of activities to mass whale strandings, exploded eardrums and even death.

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