SRP Orca L-112 Would Praise Orcasphere


By Edward Johnson
Mother and Calf
(L86) and her daughter, Victoria (L112) by Hysazu

Researchers to Navies: Stop Using Sonar Near Puget Sound (switchboard.nrdc.org) There is no question L-112 is gone, a young female that eventually washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula of WA. Her life ahead may have lasted many decades beyond, only her traumatized remains can attest to what must have been a nightmarish end to her existence. The body of evidence will prove that her death was most probably caused by the sonar testing being conducted by the Canadian Navy. Both L & J Pod members were observed holding up in Discovery Bay which is located adjacent to the Straits of Juan De Fuca, an area in-which these pods had never before been observed using.This Bay would have provided protection from the Medium Frequency Acoustic waves that certainly reverberated back and forth across the Straits. It was no accident that these Pods had selected this particular location to hide.  By looking at the Google map provided(http://maps.google.com/maps?near=%4048.114767,-122.766037&geocode=&q=discovery+bay&vps=1&f=li&hl=en&jsv=399b&sll=49.717376,-122.596436&sspn=2.486233,4.669189&vpsrc=6&ei=RUhYT6foCYmNigL73oXTBg), the small land mass directly North of the entrance to Discovery Bay would have provided sonar sound wave protection from HMCS Ottawa. The fact that the Canadian Naval vessel was located in Canadian waters and to the North-East of Discovery Bay would substantiate this contention. Further the extensive hydrophone system that has been used for years in this location to track specific identifiable sound patterns emitted by each whale, recorded some alarming communications. See http://www.orcasound.net/wp/2012/02/06/canadian-sonar-in-us-critical-habitat/  These unusual sounds ran concurrent with the naval training exercises. The above link which includes all elements of the entire sonar incident leave no question as to the responsibility for the Orca death. L-112 may have been, so to say, too young, at the wrong depth, at the wrong time, at the wrong location and suffered drastic damage to her own sensitive sonar system.

It is most exciting to include the following blog by Candace Calloway http://blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhiting/2012/03/07/dead-orca-l-112-is-beginning-to-reveal-the-story-of-her-death/  and the great opportunity extended to her by those conducting the necropsy. The anatomical pictures  & labels associated with the newly defined echolocation system of a toothed whale are exactly what the public needs. In the past cetacean conservationists have been most suspicious of these nercopsies but having Candace Calloway Whiting as a witness, a person who is truly concerned about the welfare of dolphins and whales, is restoring some lost faith. Interesting to see the results of the necropsy reports and to what degree those assess the sinus system used by cetaceans to echo-locate.

“Southern Orca Resident Pod Member L-112 Hereby proclaims that the entire group of 19 known otherwise as Orcasphere, be recognized for a most commendable effort to notify both the Canadian and US. Government  officials of their worthy petition. This petition clearly identifies the factors, events, location and ship involved in my untimely and traumatic death that I suffered on or about Feb 6, 2012. You, by opposing future sonar testing of MFA, have properly notified the powers to be, something that my fellow sea mates have long sought.  Though it was long before my time, my mother L-86 has often taken me to the location of the horrific event in 2003 during which the USS Shoup conducted those sonar shattering MFA blasts. The assumption then, based on the deaths of our seal cousins, would see a future with no further sonar testing”. L-112 interpretation imaged by Edward Johnson

In final tribute the names of those signing that petition from Orcasphere are fully recognized. Brave and truth searching souls, one and all.

  1. David Bain, Ph.D
  2. Robin Baird, Research Biologist, Cascadia Research Collective
  3. Stefan Bråger, Research Director/Curator, The Whale Museum
  4. John Calambokidis, Research Biologist, Cascadia Research Collective
  5. Fred Felleman, Vice-President, Board of Directors, The Whale Museum
  6. Andrew Foote, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. Deborah Giles, MSc, PhD Candidate/Research Biologist, UC Davis
  8. Rachael Griffin, B.Sc. Marine Biology, Aquagreen Marine Research, Victoria, BC
  9. Erin Heydenreich, Field Biologist, Senior staff at the Center for Whale Research
  10. Cara Lachmuth, MSc., Contract Biologist, Victoria, BC
  11. Patrick Miller, Lecturer, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  12. Richard Osborne, Ph.D., Research Associate, The Whale Museum
  13. Paul Spong, Director, OrcaLab and Pacific Orca Society, Alert Bay, BC
  14. Helena Symonds, Director, OrcaLab and Pacific Orca Society, Alert Bay, BC
  15. Scott Veirs, President, Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School
  16. Val Veirs, Professor of Physics, Colorado College
  17. Monika Wieland, BA in Biology, Reed College
  18. Jason Wood, Ph.D., Research Associate, The Whale Museum
  19. Harald Yurk, Research Associate, Vancouver Aquarium


Note the following story appeared in the Victory, B.C. paper on Feb. 11th just to show that on that day they still hung to the, “not responsible line,” little wonder we the people lack confidence in military explanations.  http://www.timescolonist.com/life/fashionshows/paris/Sonar+endanger+mammals+navy+insists/6138281/story.html?id=6138281