Navy Asks Permission to Harass Whales

Sunday, July 19, 2009
Humpback whale

Whales swimming in the Gulf of Mexico may become collateral damage from military exercises conducted by the U.S. Navy, which has asked for permission to ”incidentally harass” the mammals. The National Marine Fisheries Service is reviewing the Navy request to carry out underwater explosions and surface maneuvers that could injure and kill whales in the Gulf for the next five years. The Gulf is home to six species of endangered whales and the West Indian manatee, as well as numerous non-endangered whales and dolphins.

It was only six months ago that the Navy settled out of court with environmentalists who sued over the service’s use of sonar in anti-submarine warfare training. The use of sonar has been linked to the beaching of whales across the world.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Navy Asks OK to Harass Whales With Explosions (by Travis Sanford, Courthouse News Service)
Watching Whales Watching Us (by Charles Siebert, New York Times)


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