In 2002, the US Navy admitted that their ship-based sonar killed at least 6 whales. They linked sonar sound to the stranding of whales.
NJ Governor Phil Murphy apparently un-moved by the US NAVY report. State officials want Murphy to stop all wind turbine research until they can determine what’s killing the whales. Ten dead so far in past 60 days.
Nothing can stand in the way of Murphy’s experimental, off-shore wind farm. It’s a top priority for Gov Murphy. Would look good on his resume, too.
There are only 450 North Atlantic right whales remaining on earth.
From Science.org: When naval ships use sonar, many whale species flee for their lives; some even strand themselves on beaches in desperate attempt to escape. Scientists discovered most likely reason: Loud sounds trigger same fear response as when they hear warnings about their most terrifying predator: the killer whale.
Seismic exploration involves use of high-powered air guns that blast compressed air about every 12 seconds for weeks to months at a time. Not only does the intense pounding mask whale calls over vast stretches of ocean, it causes commercial species of fish to scatter, leading fisherman all over the world to seek compensation for their losses.
Senator Vince Polistina and Jeff Van Drew now sounding the alarm over the unprecedented number of whales washing up on the beaches of Brigantine, Atlantic City, and other coastal towns. At least 10 dead whales so far in the past few weeks.
NRDC, Natural Resources Defense Council, has worked to mitigate impacts from high-intensity naval sonar, which has been linked to mass whale standings and deaths around the world.
In 2015, a federal court ruled to stop navy sonar training off the coasts of southern California and Hawaii, important habitat for whales as well as dolphins.
In September of 2015, the US Navy stopped the use of sonar and explosives there.
For decades, marine mammal scientists suspected sonar pings produced by military ships may have played a role in unusual strandings of whales that feed deep in the ocean.
Researchers discovered beached whales shortly after nearby military sonar exercises.
While researchers could not pinpoint exactly how sound energy injured whales’ ears or tissues, the acoustic assault appears to have left some dazed and confused, causing them to swim ashore or become vulnerable to shark attack.
Van Drew & Polistina: Wind Companies Could Be Killing Whales.
Polistina and Van Drew: We should suspend all work related to offshore wind development until we can determine the cause of death of these whales, some of which are endangered. The work related to offshore wind projects is the primary difference in our waters, and it’s hard to believe that the death of six whales on our beaches is just a coincidence.
When naval ships and other sea vessels use sonar, many whale species flee for their lives; some even strand themselves on beaches in a desperate attempt to escape. Now, scientists have discovered the most likely reason: The loud sounds trigger the same fear response as when the animals hear calls emitted by one of their most terrifying predators: killer whales.
So far, little comment from Sustainable Downbeach or other Wildlife orgs
Manmade noises drown out sounds that whales and other marine mammals rely on for life’s most basic functions—from navigating to mating.
Wind Companies Bought Early Support.
Won’t hear much questioning from orgs like Stockton University. Even towns like Margate and Ventnor took WIND money. News outlets ran plenty of paid commercials & stories extolling green benefits of offshore wind turbines. News orgs doing their best to squash questions. Does wind turbine research harm or kill whales? Sonar sounds disorient, confuse and scare the whales. Irrational fear could put whales in harms way. The path of an oncoming ship.