Not only have whales been showing up dead with dozens of pounds of toxic, plastic waste inside their stomachs, the U.S Navy plans to raise the death toll by conducting underwater testing of explosive weapons and sonar devices. Tests will be and are taking place in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, including the Gulf of Mexico.
These events are set to commence and take place from 2014 through 2019. The title is not an exaggeration, depending on the vicinity of the animals, detonating these explosives underwatermwill kill whales and dolphins and injure many, according to two environmental impact statements released by the military.(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8)
Keep in mind, these events have been occurring for a number of years, and are responsible for the death of large amounts of marine life. (9)
The Navy is not denying these facts. They have admitted that most of the deaths would come from detonation of explosives, sonar testing or animals being hit by ships. Although I do not trust Navy estimates, according to their computer models this activity could kill hundreds of whales. The Navy said it developed the estimates by totaling the hours it will test and practice with sonar, torpedoes, missiles, explosives and other equipment for five years. This testing will be (and already has been) responsible for the death of thousands.
According to Greenpeace, government estimates are calculated at 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured or killed.(2) There are also corporate interests here, exploration companies are allowed to use dangerous blasts of noise to search for offshore oil and gas. The U.S. Department of the Interior is considering allowing geophysical companies that work for the oil and gas corporations to use these techniques in the Atlantic Ocean, from Delaware to Florida.(2)
There are no noise-cancelling headphones to stop the U.S. Navy’s 235-decibel pressure waves of unbearable pinging and metallic shrieking. At 200Db, the vibrations can rupture your lungs, and above 210 Db, the lethal noise can bore straight through your brain until it hemorrhages that delicate tissue. If you’re not deaf after this devastating sonar blast, you’re dead. This is the real life of marine mammals destroyed by the U.S. Navy’s all-out acoustic war on the world’s oceans. The collateral damage of this high intensity military sonar is shocking. But because all these millions of dying whales or dolphins are too often out of human sight, they’re also out of mind. (8)
Just like Orca researcher Ken Balcomb calls it, this is “acoustic holocaust.” Scientific American calls military sonar a brutal and inhumane death sentence. (4)
The Navy is claiming that these tests are needed for homeland security, but people are starting to see through the justification for immoral actions being the result of an ‘increased need for security.’ 9/11 is a perfect example. We have been warned in the past that the military industrial complex seeks to capitalize on an announced need for an increase in security, in order to push secrecy to the very limits of censorship and concealment. JFK warned us, and so did Dwight Eisenhower. This increased (in my opinion manufactured) need for security has allowed the military industrial complex to do whatever they want without anybody knowing.
According to National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) policy analyst, Michael Jasny, a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society shows that even mid-frequency noises disrupt feeding patterns in baleen whales and could negatively affect entire populations. The NRDC cites multiple mass strandings on beaches after sonar has been used, including 200 beached melon-headed whales in 2004 off the coast of Hawaii, one of many examples.(6)
The Navy has rejected any suggestion to limit their sonar and weapons training. There is a lot more information on this topic; nothing is hidden and everything is out in the open. This is happening, and it is killing a large amount of marine life.
Whales, dolphins and other marine mammals use sound to navigate, to locate each other over great distances for a number of reasons. Human technology is now drastically changing and damaging the delicate web of life. Marine life is constantly dying, high-intensity sonar alone used by the military can emit sounds as loud as a rocket blasting off. Offshore oil and gas exploration also make intense bursts. Imagine a day in your life disrupted by excruciating sound, sound so loud that it paralyzes you and your ability to function.
Arjun Walia writes for Collective-Evolution, where this first appeared.