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More Than 3400 Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises Have Stranded on UK Beaches Over the Past Six Years.

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The ZSL's UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) is a collaborative progeamme that has been running since 1990 and is funded by Defra and the Devolved Administrations. The CSIP coordinates the investigation of all whales, dolphins and

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Agnes N (703)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 4:02 pm
Why do we need a strandings network?

Vicky P (476)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 4:10 pm

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 4:31 pm

Saturday June 16, 2012, 5:51 pm
If these 'fishes' decide to beach themselves why not just let them be? Many misguided do-gooders would try to return them to the ocean but if I had decided to commit suicide and they attempted to save me, I would be really pissed off.

As for the funding of the CSIP since 1990 why pay lots of money to humans that have absolutely no idea how 'fishes' think...A secure job for mindless people?

Cheryl B (64)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:14 pm

MmAway M (505)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:48 pm
Gads, I personally think they don't want to link in the DUMP anymore!

How distressing!

Susan V (80)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:00 pm
Check to see if sonar is involved:

Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:15 pm
Whales were 'beaching' themselves long before sonar was invented Susan. Why doesn't anyone want to accept that these fishies have intelligent minds of their own and should simply be left alone to do whatever they want to, without human intervention?

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 4:54 am
to change the world all one must do is to change ones own mind
protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

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paul m (93)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:59 am


Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 4:30 pm
David Buchan, in the midst of YOUR TRULY ASININE COMMENTS you have at least created. unbeknownst to your simian brain, the facts THAT ANIMALS DO HAVE BRAINS! suicide is not to "joked about" and though the cetaceans have "beached" themselves, human involment is there. They committed suicide! Sad comment on your part!

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:21 pm
Upon re-reading my post I must admit much to my shame that I put all simians down by comparing their brains to David B. A far more apt analogy would be that David's mind has not evolved!!! A mind is a thing to waste.

Sunday June 17, 2012, 6:08 pm
Aurea. Personal attacks and vitriol are not welcome, or allowed, on care2 so I assume you have not read the rules and regs...I do not flag people here because I believe freedom of speech is paramount even if it is ill informed or simply stupid.

For some strange reason so many human beings believe that they are more intelligent than 'animals' but that would be very hard, if not impossible to prove. Generally speaking animals do not kill or invade lands far away for profit or kill for anything but food. Human beings will do anything to make a dollar...

Perhaps whales etc are far more intelligent than humans and deserve much more than to have their lives altered by well meaning but ignorant 'human beings'?

Past Member (0)
Monday June 18, 2012, 2:48 am
Grim reading.

Ruth C (87)
Monday June 18, 2012, 3:28 am
Very sad pictures!

Julie P (154)
Monday June 18, 2012, 6:07 am
It has been determined that many stranded cetaceans were deaf. This affects their ability to navigate, hunt and communicate. For mammals that navigate using sonar, the volume of noise in the oceans has become very loud.Some cetaceans will remain with a stranded member and end up beached themselves.

"Offshore oil and gas development threatens the coast long before the first drop of oil or gas is extracted from the seabed. The first step in development is seismic testing to provide information about where oil is most likely located. Seismic testing is done with an array of 15 to 45 air guns that send explosive shock waves every 10 to 25 seconds into the seabed that then echo back through the water. The sound is loud enough to disrupt, injure or possibly lead to the death of fish and marine mammals. Surveys can last several months.

The sounds emitted from seismic air guns travel far in the ocean environment. For example, seismic testing that took place off the coast of Cape Breton was recorded in the Bahamas. According to Dr. Chris Clarke, Director of the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University, seismic testing is the modern form of exploratory dynamite. He says that , “air guns represent the most severe acoustic insult to the marine environment that [he] can imagine, short of naval warfare.”"

"The suspicion of a causal relationship between whale strandings and either seismic tests or the use of new high-tech sonar tracking devices in military-training exercises had been mounting for some time. Similar coincidences had been noted off the coasts of Brazil, the Bahamas, the Galápagos Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Japan, as well as in the waters off Italy and Greece. Necropsies performed on a number of the whales revealed lesions about their brains and ears. The results of the examinations performed on the Canary Islands whales, however, added a whole other, darker dimension to the whale-stranding mystery. In addition to bleeding around the whales’ brains and ears, scientists found lesions in their livers, lungs and kidneys, as well as nitrogen bubbles in their organs and tissue, all classic symptoms of a sickness that scientists had naturally assumed whales would be immune to: the bends.

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."

Kerrie G (116)
Monday June 18, 2012, 10:28 am
Noted, thanks.

Michelle S (462)
Monday June 18, 2012, 3:09 pm
England has A LOT of explaining to do here. As if an explanation is needed. Sick to my stomach over this....speechless, mortified, and crazy devastated.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 18, 2012, 5:18 pm

Cheryl B (64)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 12:11 pm

Florence Eaise (132)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 1:33 pm
heartbreaking what the hells making this happen thanks for posting

michelle t (41)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 2:50 pm
Very distressing.Humans trashing the environment have a hell of a lot to answer for.If any species deserves to be exterminated it is humans

Hector Rodriguez (4)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 12:05 am
After reading the comments I'm sure his "David Buchan" guy, is just a fake name.
In reality seems to be one of these Japanese whalers that don't care about cetaceans (or the planet) and just want to kill every animal in the planet just to fill their pocket.

Wednesday June 20, 2012, 12:31 am
David Buchan is a REAL name and belongs to a person who contributes to the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Foundation Hector. Are you a real person or just another frog?

I do not approve of Japanese whalers and the culling of whales 'for scientific purposes'... If Japanese 'scientists' haven't yet worked out why a whale dies when they shoot harpoons into it then these 'scientists' are idiots.

What else do they hope to prove, (other than whale meat is worth lots of money back home?)

Nor do I approve of well meaning but foolish people who attempt to stop beached whales from dying and returning them to the sea when they simply want to commit suicide...Aren't humans SO, SO clever?

Stan B (123)
Thursday June 21, 2012, 2:54 am
This is very sad news. Everything possible should be done to save these magnificent creatures where possible.

StrandedNo More (0)
Friday June 22, 2012, 4:19 pm
CSIP also needs to tell the public how many of these 3400 cetaceans were euthanized by "rescues". With such high numbers it is a shame that UK does not have 1 (!) rehab facility where stranded cetaceans can go for temporarily rehabilitation and release.

Also strandings are increasing worldwide, but there is no unifying database nor free data sharing about strandings as every rescue group sit on their data and hoard it. Navy/Big Oil are responsible for insane numbers of deaths but nobody knows about it because strandings are barely investigated not just in UK but also worldwide (example: Cornwall stranding was in fact investigated, but still had troubles linking it to the Royal Navy sonar tests; pilot whales mass stranding was not investigated).

Finally, for those who say that strandings occurred in Plato's times before sonar, it is true, BUT it by no means indicates that Navy/Big Oil are off the hook. In fact it means that cetaceans are prone to strandings and are even more vulnerable to anthropogenic influences. Strandings can be triggered by natural evens just like they can be triggered by man-made events and noise.

. (0)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 11:05 am
My first reaction is to find out to what degree seismic testing has been going on. Because these are idiotic government operations, I doubt any agency will get an answer.
These people need a friend in the House to investigate this.
In my heart I know they know what the problem is. Now, how to stop it...

naomi cohen (55)
Monday October 1, 2012, 1:00 pm
done. thank you.
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