23 Oct '12, 2pm

Oceana CEO explains dangers of seismic blasts, estimated to injure >138,500 whales + dolphins.

CEO Note: The Danger of Seismic Blasts Posted Tue, Oct 23, 2012 by Andy Sharpless to Department of the Interior , north atlantic right whale , seismic testing , whales Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless Sometime early next year the Department of the Interior will decide whether to approve seismic airgun testing to search for oil and gas deposits in a wide swath of ocean, from Delaware to Florida. If the Department goes ahead with the proposal, by their own conservative estimates, 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured as a result. Seismic airguns arrays work by discharging compressed air with dynamite-like intensity into the water column at 10 second intervals around the clock, for weeks on end. For marine mammals nearby the sound is literally deafening—and for animals that crucially rely on sound to navigate, find food and communicate, going deaf is tantamount to a death sent...

Full article: http://oceana.org/en/blog/2012/10/ceo-note-the-danger-of-...

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