By Kirsten Massebeau
150 melon headed whales washed up onto the shores of of Ibaraki, Japan April 10, 2015 (Japan times). Local residents and officials worked tirelessly to help the melon headed whales but sadly only three were eventually re-floated. These gregarious, and highly intelligent whales live in tight social communities, and are deep divers very susceptible to sonar and seismic testing. Each day strandings are increasing worldwide as the Navy, and Oil and Gas Corporations plunder the ocean with sound in warfare games, and in search of oil and gas pockets.
It is of no surprise to opponents of sonar and seismic testing that this tragic incident would take place. Immediately prior to the stranding the US Navy was roaming the Pacific Ocean U.S. 7th Fleet AOR in Japanese waters.
The Navy openly states, the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 was “Underway” in the first weeks of April. While they will release some locations of their movements, their actions remain “top secret” because of “security”. The LHD 6 is not just one ship but a component of a “fleet” of destroyers, helicopters, and submarines, that move at high speeds emitting sonar, underwater charges, marine fire and many other activities that, “harass” and kill cetaceans. Deep divers like the melon headed whales can suddenly lose control of their ability to pressurize their bodies at deep depths due to the intensified ping of warships, sonar, sonar buoys, and underwater charges.
With the addition of the USS Green Bay to the LDH 6 Bonhomme Richard fleet the US Navy is more ready, and more deadly than ever before in the Pacific.
Armed with sonar, playing war-games, another Naval exercise whose exact locations will forever be undisclosed correlates with a mass stranding.
“Although the exact cause of dolphin stranding is not yet known, scientists had earlier suggested that low- and mid-frequency sonar used by military ships might be interfering with the mammals’ echo-location system, disorienting them and hindering their ability to navigate”.
You can`t tell me that they took the time to see if any whales were in the area! They have the technology to conduct a search of this sort. This is Murder and a crime against Nature. The Navy should be prosecuted! We know that will never happen. How many deaths are they responsible for around the world?
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What can we do about it? Anyone making another petition please? God
this is awful 😦
We must comment on Naval permits, and join the voices speaking out against this war on whales.
Then the navy killed them, plain and simple. Sneaking around destroying lives and doing everything to hide it is purely criminal .. no two ways about it and no excuses. If that’s how it has to be, then that’s the way it can’t be, and they must find another way. Until they do the full blame defaults to them until they disclose the facts and prove otherwise. Their wrongful actions and ‘lying by omission’ invert a normal criminal justice system into one of “guilty until proven innocent”
It was a war on whales! They paid for the US Navy’s little game. Shaking my head and thanks for your comment Paul!