Breaking News: Beaked Whales Stranded in Florida

CNN is on the air reporting about the stranding of a Cuvier’s Beaked Whale mother and calf on the beach near Hollywood, Florida.  Here is a picture of the rescuers working on the mother — note that these are not, for the most part, just casual beachgoers.  Some are wearing NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and others are clearly pros, so they know what they are doing.

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Kyra Philips, CNN’s anchor at the moment, doesn’t seem to have any idea that this is probably Navy Sonar related.  Cuvier’s Beaked Whales (which are basically oversized dolphins in the same way that pilot whales and Orcas are actually dolphins) are especially sensitive to Navy Sonar.

Here is a link to a National Geographic Article:  Military Sonar May Give Whales Decompression Sickness.

And here is what comes up when you do a search “beaked whales sonar” — dozens of articles to read.

Hope this has a happy ending but I’m doubtful.  They’ve managed to get both animals out into the water far enough so that they could swim away if they were able to.  We’ll see.

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