A four year investigation by leading scientists a journal has been published, accusing the Royal Navy’s war games excise for the cause of the mass stranding of a pod of Common Dolphins on June 9th 2008, in which 26 of them died in the shallow waters of Porth Creek in Cornwall (Pictured)
The Royal Navy strongly reject these findings, but from some findings of my own I have learnt that a couple of days after the mass stranding the Royal Navy paused exercises when a distressed pod was spotted near the coast, which raises questions about the Navy’s understanding of its own situation.
The issue about wether or not Dolphins are effected by the sonor capabilities that humans have created has been a difficult one to prove. We humans at present dont have the technology to fully understand the complex and high intelligence level of Cetacean (Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises) language.
The US Navy is the biggest conductor of Cetacean research around the globe and has never conducted a study into the effect from military sonor on these sea dwelling mammals.
Due to dolphins high level of intelligence and levels of emotions which is comparable to that of us humans, pressure from the scientific community has been pushing for a bill of rights being drawn up for the protection of this species listing them as “non-human persons” making this report a game changer in proving that humans do interfere with the communication and navigation of Cetceans.
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On Monday the 15th of April at high tide at 11am, a 13ft Pilot Whale swam onto the shallow rocks of Castle Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Rescue attempts were made by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and trained volunteers. But a vet deemed the whale too sick to be returned back to sea so very publicly it was euthanised.
After that the logistics of moving the 1.5 ton deceased whale were discussed as procedure dictates that a post-mortem needs to be carried out for research purposes.
It was secured until the morning as the tide was coming in fast, and at 5.30am the next day the post-mortem was carried out by Veterinary Pathologist James Barnett.
During the post-mortem members of the county council and coastguard aided James Barnett in the Physically draining two hour bloody task of collecting evidence in finding out why the whale was sick in the first place.
Due to its size, the whale had to be cut up for it to be moved, James Barnett used bolt croppers and a saw to do this. The councils staff stretched these sections away to be incinerated in Liskeard.
The Pilot Whale was thought to have an infection on the brain, after extensive laboratory analysis.
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Locations of Cetacean strandings - Ben Wormald
In the last 30 years there has been a dramatic rise in the number of Cetacean strandings around the UK. Many different reasons have been attributed to this rise, such as climate change, sonar on military vessels, bycatch from fishing ships and many more theories that have not been properly proven.
Dolphins are one of the most intelligent species on the planet; they have complex languages and social interactions with their species and others. Like some North American tribes, when a dolphin becomes too old or sick to keep up with the rest of the pod, they leave it knowing full well that it’s suicidal choice.
This project documents the exact locations of where these dolphins, dead or alive, wash up on the shores around Cornwall’s vast coast which has the highest concentration of Cetaceans in the UK.
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