Sunday, 12 May 2013

Navy sonar 'most probably' to blame for mass dolphin stranding

The largest mass stranding of dolphins in the UK has been blamed on sonar from navy exercises, "most probably". 

Royal Navy exercises have been cited as the “most probable” cause for the mass stranding of 26 dolphins found dead or dying in and around the Percuil River at St Mawes almost five years ago, according to a report released by scientists. 

The study has been called a 'game changer' by charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation who said it was compelling that all other causes of death were ruled out. 

On June 9, 2008, the UK’s largest mass stranding event (MSE) of common dolphins occurred in Falmouth Bay when at least 26 animals died and a similar number were refloated or herded back to sea. 

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