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2005-10-20 01:55:00

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Navy on Wednesday over the use of sonar, saying that the ear-splitting sounds can cause mass whale and dolphin strandings and internal bleeding. The Natural Defense Resources Council, or NRDC, leading the coalition, said in a federal lawsuit that sonar used in routine training and testing violated environmental laws. It accused the Navy of failing to take precautions that could spare marine animals...

2005-10-19 15:25:00

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Navy on Wednesday over the use of sonar, saying that the ear-splitting sounds can cause mass whale and dolphin strandings and internal bleeding. The Natural Defense Resources Council, or NRDC, leading the coalition, said in a federal lawsuit that sonar used in routine training and testing violated environmental laws. It accused the Navy of failing to take precautions that could spare marine animals...

2005-10-19 15:25:00

LOS ANGELES -- A coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Navy on Wednesday over the use of sonar, saying that the ear-splitting sounds can cause mass whale and dolphin strandings and internal bleeding. The Natural Defense Resources Council, or NRDC, leading the coalition, said in a federal lawsuit that sonar used in routine training and testing violated environmental laws. It accused the Navy of failing to take precautions that could spare marine animals injury and death. Actor...

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2005-06-02 17:50:00

BUSSELTON, Australia -- Hundreds of volunteers worked throughout the day to free about 70 whales who stranded themselves on a beach near this Western Australian town. One of the false killer whales died in the beaching but the massive public turnout managed to save the others, local wildlife officials said. The state's Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) said a pod of more than 60 whales beached themselves near Busselton, 230 kilometres (143 miles) south of Perth, at about...

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2005-05-31 09:07:06

HONOLULU -- A bill passed by the U.S. House last week would provide $2.2 million to the University of Hawaii to research the effects of sound on whales and dolphins. Environmentalists have argued that the technology such as sonar could harm sea life which use sound waves to communicate. Paul Nachtigall, director of the Marine Mammal Research Program at Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, said there is a big concern about the hearing of animals in the ocean, particularly loud sounds placed...

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2005-01-18 16:02:16

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) -- Scientists and National Park Service workers were working Sunday to collect samples and clean up whale carcasses after 34 of the marine mammals beached themselves and either died or had to be euthanized. Dozens of whales beached themselves early Saturday along a five-mile stretch of coastline near Oregon Inlet, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Twenty-four pilot whales died, and another seven were euthanized because they were suffering, the...

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2005-01-14 07:55:00

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Scientists working off the Yucatan Peninsula are preparing to use sound waves to search for information about an asteroid that may have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But environmental activists are trying to shut the project down, saying the technology could harm whales, sea turtles and several varieties of fish that provide a livelihood for thousands of Mexicans along the gulf coast. Marine seismologists from the University of Texas Institute of...

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2004-12-23 19:00:25

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sperm whales routinely dive more than two miles below the ocean surface to hunt for giant squid, but a study shows the huge mammals suffer a chronic loss of bone tissue from the bends, a painful condition well-known to human divers. It has long been believed that sperm whales and other deep-diving mammals are immune from decompression illness, or the bends, which human divers encounter when they surface too rapidly and force nitrogen bubbles into their blood and tissues....

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2004-11-30 13:35:00

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A total of 115 whales and dolphins died after swimming onto beaches on two southern Australian islands, authorities said Tuesday as the search continued for more pods in danger. The stranding coincided with the beaching of 75 pilot whales in recent days on the coast of New Zealand. The mass deaths in Australia began when 97 animals - 72 pilot whales and 25 bottlenose dolphins - perished Sunday on King Island between the mainland and the southeast island state of...


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2006-07-12 13:21:43

Bryde's Whales are the least known and in many ways the most unusual of the rorquals(Baleen Whales). They are small by rorqual standards"”no more than about 25 tons. They prefer tropical warm waters to the polar seas that other whales in their family prefer. They are largely coastal whales and their diet is composed almost entirely of fish. There appear to be two species, and some confusion between the two exists. Bryde's Whales are very similar in appearance to Sei Whales and almost as...

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