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It might sound like something out of a bad sci-fi film: whales sent into suicidal dashes toward the ocean’s surface to escape the madness-inducing echo chamber that we humans have made of their sound-sensitive habitat. But since the Canary Islands stranding in 2002, similar necropsy results have turned up with a number of beached whales, and the deleterious effects of sonar and other human-generated sounds on ocean ecosystems have been firmly established.
Read this and then imagine what it would be like in a restricted environment like Head Harbour Passage where whales, porpoises, seals, LNG tankers, powerful tugs, and high-speed security vessels are all sharing a restricted space like Head Harbour Passage!
Read the entire article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/magazine/12whales-t.html?_r=4&emc=eta1
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