Marine animals urgently need you to speak up for them! According to an urgent petition on Care2 authored by Julie Stankiewicz, the United States Air Force has plans to drop 100 bombs, some as large as 300 pounds each, in waters north of Kauai, Hawaii, which will surely disrupt the lives of hundreds of marine animals who call the Kauai waters home. If approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA-Fisheries), the tests would begin in September 2017 and continue all the way through August of 2022. The testing would involve the detonation of a variety of missiles and other weapons.
There is no need to impact the health of innocent marine animals, just for some bomb testing!
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The bomb testing could cause sound or pressure-related problems for not only whales but also dolphins and other marine mammals. Whitlow Au, the chief scientist of the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii said, “We don’t even know the intensity of the sound that reaches an animal caused by a missile launch.”
Whale and dolphins rely on acoustics to navigate their way through the ocean and instances of noise pollution impacting whales and dolphins have been well documented. A report from IFAW states, “studies have found damage to the swim bladders or inner ear sensory hair cells of some fish as a result of being exposed to explosions, pile driving, and seismic blasts.” After being impaired by loud noises such as these, fish and other marine animals have been observed swimming towards ships, rather than away as they normally would. In one instance, a massive stranding of giant squid in Spain was closely timed with seismic testing using powerful air guns. The animals also had noticeable lesions, perhaps caused by intense air pressure. And these are just a few examples of how these tests can cause permanent damage to marine life.
Please sign this urgent petition asking the NOAA-Fisheries to block plans by the U.S. Air Force for the unnecessary bomb testing. And please share with your friends and family too. Marine animals are counting on us!
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