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Update on Greek strandings: More whales

Michael Jasny

Posted April 7, 2014 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week, I wrote about a mass stranding of beaked whales off Crete while the Greek, U.S., and Israeli navies ran exercises offshore – the latest in a long line of whale strandings associated with naval training.  At the time somewhere between five and eight whales were known to have beached along 20.6 kilometers of coastline west of Ierapetra.

Above is a picture of one of those stranded whales, bleeding on the tidal rocks. 

Now Dr. Alexandros Frantzis, Scientific Director of the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute, reports that at least three whales stranded individually some 48 kilometers further west.  As Alexandros observes, the distances involved suggest that impacts occurred over a large area of ocean.

It is unknown how many whales died at sea.

On Friday, NRDC sent a letter to the administration, warning of the Navy’s failure to conduct an environmental review of this dangerous training event and of its almost certain violation of U.S. law.

To demand that the Navy protect whales during training, please go here.  You can also call NOAA (202-482-3436) – the agency that is supposed to regulate the Navy – and ask that they enforce our marine mammal laws.

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Comments

Pam IngleseApr 7 2014 04:00 PM

torturing these creatures is wrong on so many levels. how is it that any one could act with such blatant disregard for their well being?

James ShawvanApr 7 2014 04:05 PM

Stop doing this stuff.

Sandra KindredApr 7 2014 04:24 PM

The killing of whales MUST STOP! These large creatures have nowhere else to live. Can't you run your tests somewhere not known to be inhabited by a large number of whales and dolphins? How would you like it if sharks came onshore and started killing your family in their homes?

Sandra FernandezApr 7 2014 04:43 PM

Stop it PLEASE!

VinceApr 7 2014 05:51 PM

Damn our military...

MariaApr 7 2014 05:53 PM

Please stop sonar practices that kill marine wildlife

Noni GottiApr 7 2014 05:54 PM

Please stop!!!!sd

christine SigouinApr 7 2014 05:57 PM

Stop that NOW!!!

Darlene hoagApr 7 2014 06:05 PM

Please stop hurting animals

arend zwiersApr 7 2014 06:33 PM

idiots are ruling our world

eunjungApr 7 2014 07:29 PM

Please stop!

Gert ReemstApr 7 2014 07:31 PM

Stop this killing please.

Lisa CampbellApr 7 2014 09:13 PM

This is NOT ok. Please stop. Now.

Virginia WestApr 7 2014 09:25 PM

Stop the Sonal Blasting. The whales and the dolphins have as much right to life as we do. The blasting is completely irresponsible.

joey racanoApr 8 2014 07:30 PM

The US Navy says it is a global force for good but that is the lie- they are an out of control malevolent force of evil inflicting terrible harm on the whales. For shame!

Joey Racano, Vietnam era Veteran
US Navy

On Facebook: stop navy sonar testing

FranApr 8 2014 08:55 PM

Stop this now!

ruth griffithApr 9 2014 02:54 AM

this animal abuse has to be stopped now

Antonius DubislavApr 10 2014 01:39 PM

It is a shame what some people/countries think is justified to do all over the world.

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