Jul 26, 2014

USA: Whale washes ashore and dies during Navy war games in Hawaii

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Dead whale (Image source: Terry Lilley) "...having a super healthy whale wash up like this is highly unique," Lilley said.

From: Lyndia Storey <noreply@list.moveon.org>
Date: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM
Subject: Whale washes ashore and dies during Navy war games in Hawaii

Today a pilot whale washed up on the beach in Hanalei, Kauai, and soon died. Meanwhile, massive naval war games continue off the shore of the Hawaiian Islands.

In the words of marine biologists at the scene of the stranding, endangered sea turtles are showing up with their legs blown off, dead or simply disappearing.... 2,000 year old coral reefs are disintegrating into piles of rubble on the sea floor. And then, this morning, a dead whale. For every whale that washes up on the beach, it is thought that many more simply die at sea.

The US Navy and 22 foreign navies from around the world are continuing their war games in these beautiful waters. They are sinking ships (likely releasing toxic PCBs and asbestos into the ecosystem), detonating bombs,  and deploying high-intensity sonar which seriously disrupts marine mammal behaviors, permanently damages their hearing, and can drive them onto beaches to die.

NOAA says it will investigate this death... but if they follow previous patterns, they will not release the results until months, years or a decade down the road -- most likely on a holiday weekend, when most people will have forgotten about it. This is a tragic outcome for whales & dolphins who deserve our protection.

We need your assistance now to bring this travesty to the public's attention. We need to demand that the Navy use more simulation software for sonar trainings and deploy safer technologies that won't destroy our natural world.

Please sign my petition to Stop the Navy's War on Whales and Dolphins -- and pass it along to others who share your love for the oceans. Or go to our website at www.whaleanddolphinwatch.org

To learn the truth about how Navy sonar is killing whales, please check out Joshua Horwitz's new book, WAR OF THE WHALES.

Big Thanks to Marine Biologist Terry Lilley for sharing this information and being a stellar protector of the Islands. To see his report from the scene of the stranding click here.

Thank you so much for your love and support of our natural world.

Lyndia Storey

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