106.7 The Fan All News 99.1 WNEW CBS Sports Radio 1580

Navy: Hundreds Of Dolphins, Whales Will Die During Bomb Testing

View Comments
File photo of a dead dolphin. (credit: WILFREDO SANDOVAL/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a dead dolphin. (credit: WILFREDO SANDOVAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Latest News

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) - The U.S. Navy acknowledged Friday that hundreds of marine mammals will die during bomb testing and heavy sonar use.

The Navy determined that over 340 dolphins and whales will die between 2014 to 2019 as a result of these training procedures.

The bombs that the Navy will be detonating off of the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico will cause most of the dolphin and whale deaths. The Navy added that “behavioral changes” could also occur from active sonar use.

Sonar use is theorized to affect mammals because they use echolocation to find food and navigation. In a number of cases it’s been fatal for these animals such as dolphins.

The Navy insists that this training is essential to national security and it can’t be simulated through a computer.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,608 other followers