Stop Sonar Tests in Whale Inhabited Waters

Target: United States’ Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

Goal: To protest sonar tests in whale inhabited waters.

Whales, the largest mammals on our planet, have been victims of hunting and overfishing. But with increased technology, risks to whales continue to increase. The United States Navy’s sonar tests may not seem like a threat, but it actually poses great danger to whale populations.

Sonar may not seem like a particularly deadly device, but it can be when you rely on echolocation as a communication system.  Even at three hundred miles away, sonar can reach a level of one hundred and forty decibels—one hundred times louder than the communications used by marine life. These communications make it nearly impossible for whales to find krill, their main source of food, as the echo sound is drowned out by tests.

But up close, sonar can be downright deadly. At some point, the noises become so loud that the whales literally lose control of their diving patterns. Several beached whales have been found in the Caribbean, many of them suffering from trauma including bleeding around the brain and ears, and large bubbles in their organs. Mass incidents of whale beaching have been linked to Navy tests in the area.

A 2008 decision by the Supreme Court banned sonar testing off of the California coast, where whales gather to breed. But recently, sonar tests have occurred off of the Washington coast, where whales are stopping on their great migration.  Whales do not reside here permanently—would it be that detrimental to postpone tests until the whales have departed?

The United States Navy can easily protect whale populations by carefully planning their sonar tests. Speak up and let the Navy know that this change is necessary!

Dear Mr. Ray Mabus,

Recent reports have confirmed that sonar tests took place off of the Washington coast when Gray Whale populations were migrating towards warmer waters. The United States Navy’s sonar tests may not seem like a threat, but it actually poses great danger to whale populations.

Even at three hundred miles away, sonar can reach a level of one hundred and forty decibels—one hundred times louder than the communications used by marine life. These tests drown out the calls of marine wildlife, make it nearly impossible for whales to find krill.

Up close sonar becomes deadly. Mass incidents of whale beaching in the Caribbean have been tied to sonar tests. These animals suffered from trauma including bleeding around the brain and ears and large bubbles in their organs. Scientists say that the sonar tests disrupted the whales’ natural diving patterns, causing them great pain.

A 2008 decision by the Supreme Court banned sonar testing off of the California coast, where whales gather to breed. It would not do great harm to postpone sonar tests, not just in California, but along the whales migration routes, in order to give these great mammals time to get out of harm’s way.

Please examine your sonar testing policies. By rescheduling and taking necessary precautions, whale species will not have to be exposed to trauma.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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11 Comments

  1. Alicia Ramos Fuentes says:

    Es necesario con nuestra unión hacer todo lo que se pueda para crear conciencia y ayudar a nuestro maravilloso planeta …

  2. ENVIO LUZ A TODO EL PLANETA ,Y TODA LA LUZ DEL UNIVERSO PARA TODAS LAS PERSONAS QUE TRABAJAN,EN DEFENSA DEL MISMO.GRACIAS

  3. PLEASE STOP SONAR TEST!
    POR FAVOR PAREN LAS PRUEBA DE SONAR!

    LUZ, AMOR Y COMPRENSIÓN.

  4. janneth florez rios says:

    “Los animales son de Dios. La bestialidad es humana”Víctor Hugo

  5. “The time is always right to do what is right”. -MartinLutherKingJr.

  6. francis checkland says:

    i know this may sound crazy, i have watched a history channel documentory called Mermaid-a body found that exposes the american government cover up of the true existance of mermaids. we in the uk are getting sick and tired of how far the american goverment will go to lie about anything that would show them in a bad light. sonic testing is not only killing the sea mammals we know about but they are now killing our only living decendants. sonic testing has to stop now, or the american government should be charged with genacide. good luck with the petition.

  7. Need to stop

  8. Francis checkland-
    its also the uk watch the whole show and the new one.

  9. Nicole Clark Nicole Clark says:

    http://wh.gov/lRIpx

    My petition to the white house in an attempt to stop this. 100,000 signatures is what we need. Sign sign sign

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