Deep Water Sonar Causing Thousands of Dolphin Deaths

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 4th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/38ifcd43/
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Deep water sonar is killing dolphins by the thousands

In the past four weeks along a 135 km stretch of Peruvian coastline 615 dolphins have washed ashore, dead from the effects of ships using deep water sonar. In all, over 3000 dolphins have been found dead since the beginning of summer. At the Organization for the Conservation of Aquatic Animals (ORCA), Peru's leading marine mammal protective organization, scientists say that deep water sonar is the culprit in the mass deaths. Researchers have noticed that none of the dolphins bore marks of trauma on their bodies or showed any signs of poisoning. Instead, they found damage to the dolphins' middle ear bones, a sign of decompression syndrome, which produces a violent and painful death, according to Dr. Carlos Yaipen of ORCA. "An acoustic boom...disorients the animal and produces hemmorhages which cause the animal to end up dying on the beach."

Deep water sonar is employed in the shipping industry and by oil companies in search of undersea petroleum, and the sonar bursts cause damage to animals whose communication frequencies fall in the same range.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Apr 2012 (#)

My wife wrote an article on how shipping noises disturb whales and dolphins, stopping shipping noises will be nearly impossible since everyone buys so much made over seas, as with this - until people reduce use of petroleum, we are to blame.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes we are. Thank you Mark.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Great info steve

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar Buzz
5th Apr 2012 (#)

A very tragic report, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Indeed. thank you Buzz.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Apr 2012 (#)

A very sad situation indeed
Steve...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Indeed it is. Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
7th Apr 2012 (#)

I remember contributing to a Greenpeace fund about deep water sonar. Thanks, Steve, for reporting this.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Apr 2012 (#)

You're welcome, Ivyevelyn, and thanks for supporting Greenpeace.

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author avatar rama devi nina
12th Apr 2012 (#)

very sad news. Thanks for reporting, Steve. and Congrats on becoming a Moderator. Super! :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you rama devi. I appreciate that.

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