30 Mar '15, 6pm

U.S. Navy is suspected in new mass whale stranding in the Pacific:

U.S. Navy is suspected in new mass whale stranding in the Pacific:

Almost a year to the day after a mass stranding of beaked whales in Crete, Greece, a very similar story is unfolding in Guam. Last year, my colleague Michael reported on a mass stranding of beaked whales along the southern coast of Crete, coincident with the U.S. and other navies playing war games offshore . There, somewhere between five and eight whales beached and biologists quickly determined that the navies' high-intensity sonar was the likely cause. Now, there's news of more beaked whale strandings on the other side of the world . The Navy has just admitted it was using sonar during an international "Multi-Sail" exercise on its Marianas Island range shortly before the latest standings occurred. There are good reasons to suspect sonar in this case as well. Beaked whales are deep-diving species that are rarely seen near shore; naval sonar, or military exercises more gen...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/zsmith/us_navy_is_suspe...

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