Monday, March 30, 2009

Red Flags at the Beach

Off the coast of Tasmania, is a frightening, head scratching site. It is the biggest whale-beaching event in history. Ever. Never seen before. Disturbing.

Only 54 of the 194 beached were saved.

What happened?

Did chemical dumping cause it? An earthquake? Naval testing that destroyed their sonar? Only a necropsy will provide the answer.

Chris Arthur, spokesman for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service, It was the fourth mass whale stranding on the same stretch of beach since November, and broke a pattern in which many of the marine mammals that were returned to the sea died after beaching themselves yet again.

Mark Simmonds, of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, said that is enough to arouse suspicions of a human factor, including the use of sonar by the military. Some strandings in the past have been linked to naval sonar activity. In 2005, the Royal Australian Navy said it would avoid areas where whales were known to be stranding.

Source: Anonymous Environmental Scientist

1 comment:

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