Whale Wars

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The U.S. Navy is planning to build an underwater warfare training range next to the only known calving ground for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, off the coast of Georgia. The training ground will include increased ship traffic in the area, construction of underwater cables in depths of 120 feet to 1,2000 feet spanning 500 nautical miles, and increased sonar use. Navy ships would also undoubtedly pass through the calving ground when traveling between bases and the proposed training ground. During the 2006 calving season, five whales were killed or injured by ship strikes. The increased traffic and construction would certainly endanger more whales. According to its own documents, environmental impacts were not part of the Navy’s criteria in selecting a site for its warfare training range.

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