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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:16 AM
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Dead Whales Land in Canaries After Naval Exercises
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNe...

Dead Whales Land in Canaries After Naval Exercises

FUERTEVENTURA COAST, Spain (Reuters) - Two dead whales have landed in Spain's Canary Islands, raising fears they may have been hurt by NATO military exercises off Morocco and that more could have died, officials said on Friday.

The two whales arrived in the area within 24 hours and were dead for several days before their bodies drifted ashore, said Tony Gallardo, environmental expert with the local government of the island of Fuerteventura, one of the Canaries, which lies only about 100 km (60 miles) off the southern Moroccan coast.

"There is a strong suspicion that their deaths were related to the NATO exercises that finished a few days ago," Gallardo told Reuters.

Naval and air force units from 10 countries involving 20,000 troops and more than 20 warships took part in U.S.-led NATO military exercises off Morocco from July 11 to 16.

NATO officials had no comment.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:27 AM
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1. This is so sick! All counties involved know what causes this
unnecessary killing of life in the oceans, that will soon affect the whole world.

It is a system using transmitted and reflected underwater sound waves to detect and locate submerged objects called 'Sonar' -
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 09:42 AM
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4. yes, read an article not long ago..
citing the results of autopsied porpoises and Orcas washed ashore in the Puget Sound. The new sonar devices recently developed by the Navy shatter the ear drums of sea animals leaving them helpless to search for food and completely obliterate their ability to navigate.

http://www.sanjuanislander.com/letters/whales/sonar.sht...
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:59 AM
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2. this makes me so sad...
what a waste... :(
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never_get_over_it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:21 AM
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3. Cheney these people
they make me sick!
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:49 PM
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5. They make all fishes and mammals sick or dead
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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:01 PM
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6. "These people" are US!...
...As long as we do nothing more than shake our heads about this, we are all complicit.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:06 PM
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7. this group is quite good
http://www.oceana.org /

I've recieved a number of action alerts regarding sonar from them
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