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A humpback whale washed up in Atlantic City with a head injury, according to officials, and now environmentalists are calling for a wind turbine inquiry.
Source: 6abc Philadelphia/Youtube
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center says that the whale may have been hit by a boat. There has been a string of whale deaths which has resulted in calls for a full investigation. The young humpback whale washed up on a beach in Atlantic City last weekend, and officials say there was evidence of a large head injury.
“The only thing we suspect may have happened is that it was hit by a large boat,” said Sheila Dean, executive director of the center. “There was a big hematoma.”
However, environmentalists and other groups are calling for a federal investigation into whether or not sonar mapping related to future wind turbine projects off the coast could have something to do with the whale deaths in New Jersey.
Dean said that more samples from the whale are being tested to help try to determine what could have caused the death. This was the second whale to wash up in Atlantic City in the last 2 weeks.
Groups are concerned over the impact of the future wind turbines and are calling on the Biden administration to conduct a full investigation. They say that the wind turbine projects are being fast-tracked without proper pilot testing.
“It’s too much, too fast,” Cindy Zipf, head of Clean Ocean Action said. “It’s outrageous and our ocean deserves better.”
Other groups like NOAA say that there is no evidence that the death of the whales is linked to offshore wind activities.
Sonar mapping produces noise Pollution that affects animals in the sea. Noise Pollution is impacting whales’ ability to contact each other, and they can even become disoriented because of the loud noises. This is just one more reason that we need to take our oceans seriously. We need to create a safer and cleaner environment for us, animals, and the planet!
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