|From:||CPEO Moderator <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||1 Oct 2002 21:01:55 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Sonar Tests a Likely Link to Whale Deaths|
[THE LA TIMES REQUIRES REGISTRATION IN ORDER TO VIEW THIS ARTICLE. REGISTRATION IS FREE AND EASY] Sonar Tests a Likely Link to Whale Deaths Probe: An initial study shows ear and brain trauma in mammals that washed up in the Canary Islands during military exercises held there. By KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER The 15 beaked whales that beached themselves last week on the Canary Islands off northwest Africa during a multinational naval exercise suffered ear and brain trauma that may have been caused by high-intensity sonar, according to a preliminary analysis. Dr. Michel Andre, a veterinarian leading the investigation, noted Monday that "necropsies showed the presence of unspecific lesions, including in the brain and the hearing system, consistent with acoustic impact." If a final analysis confirms these findings, it would be the second time that scientists have direct evidence linking mass stranding of whales to bursts of powerful active sonar used by U.S. and other warships. This article can be viewed at: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-whale1oct01.story ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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