Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Whale stranding on Molokai - Navy sonar related?

A rare deep water beaked whale showed up on the island of Molokai during annual Navy RIMPAC exercises. A UPI story says the 2,500 lb. Cuvier's beaked whale was euthanized after repeatedly beaching itself. A press release from Earthjustice describes the incident and some background information. A fresh press release from Earthjustice, not yet published on their website, quotes Colin Crosby of Kihei, Maui, as saying that he and friends heard sonar in the water on Molokai the day before the stranding, at levels high enough that it could be heard out of the water.

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