33 whales beached and died off the coast of County Donegal: cause?

He3

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33 whales have beached and died off the coast of County Donegal. The cause is unknown, but UK Navy sonar is in the frame.

BBC said:
They were found on Rutland Island near Burtonport on Saturday. It's thought they were the same group spotted in the Inner Hebrides at the end of October.

Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said it was one of the biggest mass deaths of whales in Irish history. He is concerned that Royal Navy sonar equipment could have played a role.

"Thirty or 40 pilot whales were spotted off the Inner Hebrides at South Uist last week," he said.

"It looked like they were going to strand. It was bad weather. They were not seen again."

Dr Berrow said the British Navy had been in the area off South Uist and had moved away. Campaigners were concerned that the latest sonar equipment could have disturbed the navagational skills of this deep diving species of whales.

No-one from the Royal Navy was available to comment on Sunday.

[...] the US Navy was ordered not to use mid-frequency sonar during training exercises from 2007 and 2009, after a judge found in favour of campaigners who argued the devices harmed marine mammals in the area.
Irish waters are a whale sanctuary since the days of Charles Haughey.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11705622
 


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Whales tend to be attracted to shallow waters when ill and frequently end up beached - although I have only heard of very small numbers in any previous incident.
 

ocoonassa

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Sixty whales died in the 1960s off the west coast of Kerry and 35 to 40 animals died in north Kerry in 2001. It only takes one Jim Jones amongst them I suppose.
 

d7bohs

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Cowen, Coughlan and O'Cuiv arrive in Glenties for selection convention....beached whales off Donegal coast.....writes itself.....
 

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Cowen, Coughlan and O'Cuiv arrive in Glenties for selection convention....beached whales off Donegal coast.....writes itself.....
Yes of course but who were the other 30??
 

Dr Pat

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Sad to hear of this. Hope the Royal Navy will clearly own up to any responsibility it had in this.
 

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Cowen, Coughlan and O'Cuiv arrive in Glenties for selection convention....beached whales off Donegal coast.....writes itself.....
That's so funny. I think you nailed it. Coincidence or what?

:p
 

captainwillard

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Oh dear, is this the result of global warming, reduced ozone layer or some other daft pinko idea which gained flavour just as CND was reaching its natural end?
 

Wakeupcall

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Earths magnetic field is the cause of this.

Anyone with half a brain needs to watch the very new documentary from National Geographic called Earths Force Field.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M43V9newGlc]YouTube - Nat Geo Earths Force Field ¦ 360p [1/4][/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6WGQBZ3tMQ]YouTube - Nat Geo Earths Force Field ¦ 360p [2/4][/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24H9iAl6gpI]YouTube - Nat Geo Earths Force Field ¦ 360p [3/4][/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACwDl_G53B8]YouTube - Nat Geo Earths Force Field ¦ 360p [4/4][/ame]

Considering the acceleration of decline for the earths magnetic field we should be trying to come up with a plan to find out more about it and survive it. We are headed for a Mars type of event where we will loose our magnetic field and this is confirmed by scientists to happen within the next 1500 years and that is only if it doesn't start declining faster. However, unlike Mars the theory for Earth is that we loose ours temporarily while it reverses itself. This happens normally every couple hundred thousand years but it has not happened for 900,000 years so we are way over due. The evidence is in this documentary.

There have been mass extinctions in the past...
 

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I read somewhere that 'sonar' was just a cover for this sort of thing.

The more 'fringe' areas of the web point to 'broadcasting' of electric power (as proposed by Nikolai Tesla (sp?) ) to ships and submarines to keep them charged up.
It is this, and not the traditional 'ping' from a submarine that knackers the whales brains.... or something.
 


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