January 28, 2005 |
At least 37 whales beached themselves and died this month soon after Navy vessels on a deep-water training mission off North Carolina used powerful sonar as part of the exercise. The Navy said any connection between the deaths and its active sonar was "unlikely" but that it was cooperating with federal agencies investigating a possible link. Fishery officials and activists say the fact that three species died in the incident suggests sonar may have been the cause.
January 16, 2005 |
About 30 pilot whales beached themselves near Manteo, and at least 17 of them died, officials said. The whales were stranded along a five-mile stretch of beach near Oregon Inlet in the northern Outer Banks, said Laura Engleby, spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency's National Marine Fisheries Service was coordinating a recovery effort involving biologists, Coast Guard crews and the National Park Service.
November 15, 2004 |
Probably the only reason to visit Florence is to retire, see a friend or hear more about the exploding whale. I am not in the mood for retirement at the moment, but the almost legendary story of the exploding whale was intriguing. It was told to me by ex-journalist Gayle Montgomery, whom I knew at the Oakland Tribune, where weirdness has always had an eager audience. Montgomery moved here a few months ago and e-mailed me immediately when he heard about the historic moment in Florence history.
October 14, 2001 |
Seven of nine whales that beached themselves along the Florida Panhandle have died, and the others are ailing, officials in Panama City Beach said. Three pilot whales died of unknown natural causes after becoming stranded Thursday, and four were euthanized. Two survivors were being fed liquid treatments and given antibiotics at Gulf World Marine Park. One had improved slightly, but both are still quite ill, said Cheryl Joyner, coordinator for strandings at Gulf World.
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August 7, 1999 |
It looked like a dolphin, but it was a 1,000-pound beaked whale that beached itself Friday in Malibu, setting off an extensive rescue operation that ended with the cetacean's transport to a center with a portable pool for marine mammals. Lifeguards at Point Dume County Beach spotted the female whale trying to beach itself early Friday afternoon, said lifeguard Capt. Steve Moseley.
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March 5, 1998
Greek researchers have linked NATO's testing of a so-called low-frequency active sonar system, which makes very loud noises, to the mysterious beaching of a dozen Cuvier's beaked whales along the Kyparissiakos Gulf on the west coast of Greece on May 12 and 13, 1996. This species of whales dives deeply and is rarely beached, especially in groups.