33 whales have beached and died off the coast of County Donegal. The cause is unknown, but UK Navy sonar is in the frame.
Irish waters are a whale sanctuary since the days of Charles Haughey.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.