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An audio version of this story was published by the Public News Service on August 13, 2010.
The general consensus, with which courts over the past decade have largely agreed, says high-intensity mid-frequency sonar can kill whales and dolphins. The National Marine Fisheries Services – part of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration – explicitly allows Navy sonar tests and training exercises to result in the deaths of specific numbers of whales and dolphins as long as they have a negligible impact to the population.
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In 2008, during RIMPAC exercises, a Cuvier’s beaked whale washed up dead on a beach on Molokai, a small Hawaiian island. Mark Matsunaga, a Navy spokesman, says there’s nothing to indicate Navy activity was involved in that stranding. The Navy’s use of sonar in the area ceased at least 72 hours before the whale stranded, Matsunaga says.
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A dead en:Humpback Whale washed up near Big Sur, California. Cause of death is unknown. Photo: wikicommons / Merzperson
The largest international naval exercise in the world off the waters of Hawaii known as the 2010 Rim of the Pacific or RIMPAC exercise involved 14 nations including South Korea, Thailand, Colombia, Peru and Malaysia with a total of 32 ships, five submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 20,000 personnel.
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Iceland has begun its 100 day whaling season amidst international condemnation. This comes immediately following the failure of an agreement put forward by the International Whaling Commission. The commission proposed to continue a moratorium on whaling but allow a limited amount of whales to be caught by Iceland, Norway, and Japan – the countries that continue to kill whales regardless of the ban.
Norway and Iceland are the only two nations to openly pursue commercial whaling. Japan also pursues whaling but for alleged “scientific research.”
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