A recent investigation by Greenpeace has revealed that there were some documents pertaining to the study of the BP oil spill that were suppressed. Pictures of whales covered in oil in the Gulf of Mexico along with a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about the potential impact of the oil on whales were both stopped from reaching public distribution. The thing that makes this even more deplorable is the fact that it was the U.S. government that suppressed the information.
The U.S. Navy just had a plan approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that will allow them to continue with their goal of blanketing approximately 75 percent of the ocean floors with sonar. Considering that sonar has been proven to be potentially dangerous to whales, dolphins and several other marine species, this could be a huge problem. Others see the same way and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has banned together with other conservation organizations and is taking the navy to court to try to stop the program.
Sabu Island, a small island in Indonesia, recently saw a mass beaching of pilot whales this last Monday night. 46 whales in total washed ashore and all but three ended up dead, despite people’s best efforts to get them back into the water. They washed up in the middle of the night and were found by some local fishermen.
But by the time these fishermen found them, they had already been there for some time and there were not enough people present to mount a full-scale rescue effort. The struggle to help them return to their natural habitat lasted into Tuesday evening, by which time all but three had died.