Lunar connection on Hanalei Bay stranding nixed.

On the morning of July 3 2004 there was an agitated aggregation of Melon Headed whales in Hanalei Bay, Hawai’i. This event was concurrent to the RIMPAC international naval exercise  which happens every two years. As is typical with these tragic events, the US Navy rolled up their collective sleeves and focused on how to […]

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US Navy and National Marine Fisheries Service work on Pacific Northwest sonar guidelines

“The July 13 Federal Register reported that the Navy wants NMFS to permit up to 14 dead marine mammals from its proposed sonar use up to 250 miles from the Northwest coast…” In ongoing discussions about defining the Pacific Northwest warfare training ground, NMFS is being asked to weigh in on sonar guidelines. The entire […]

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Cornwall Mass Stranding Event

The mass stranding event (MSE) in Cornwall UK last year points to Navy sonar. But if you read through the very comprehensive report you can see why it is difficult to arrive at unimpeachable scientific conclusions. The report is here: http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Document.aspx?Document=WC0601_8031_TRP.pdf The quote from the report conclusion states: “A period of naval exercises involving a […]

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Minke Whales harassed by Navy Sonar

Yet another unfortunate event involving whales and mid-frequency sonar; two minke whales were seen “porpoising” at high speeds in waters where military operations were taking place. Observers also heard extremely loud sonar concurrent to the sightings. Minke whales are the smallest of the baleen whales, reaching a bit over 30 ft. in length. Porpoising is […]

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