THE REAL PEOPLE

THE REAL PEOPLE

"FRIENDSHIP FOR NO ADVANTAGE"

"To the dolphin alone, beyond all others, Nature has given what the best philosophers seek, friendship for no advantage; yet it is friend to all men and has often given great aid." Plutarch

AIHE TOHORA WANANGA

Monday, February 2, 2015

YET ANOTHER ATTACK ON WHALES & DOLPHINS IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN: VOICE YOUR RESPONSE NOW IN SUPPORT OF 'THE PEOPLE OF THE SEA' :)









"About 36 times more sonobuoys than the Navy suggested previously could be deployed off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, northern California and Alaska under a modified proposal for offshore training.
Among the alternatives the Navy is considering are two that would increase the proposed number of 36-pound sonobuoys -- floating, acoustic surveillance devices used in antisubmarine warfare -- from 20 to 720 in areas 12 nautical miles or more offshore.
The Navy describes the sonobuoys as 'expendable,' meaning they have limited life cycles as wave transmitters. A Navy official told The Oregonian Friday the sonobuoys sink and break down in the ocean after they have served their purpose."
'BREAK DOWN'? INTO WHAT AND OVER WHAT TIME SPAN???

 ALL SPECIES OF CETACEA ARE AT RISK 
FROM MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY
 FUNNY BUT WE HAD OUR CHANCE...


AGENTS OF WAR ON LIFE IN THE OCEAN
 "We gave up having hands and returned to the sea...
...we've survived for 30 million years and we'll be here ANOTHER 30 million. 
Where will YOU be homo sapiens, 'man the wise'?"


NOTE FROM JEFF: My great friends at StrandedNoMore are back with us after a hiatus to relocate their base of operations to Maui. Please check out their Facebook page and get on their mailing list for state-of-the-art information on what's REALLY happening in the anthropogenically endangered world of cetacea.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS AND TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE OF DISAPPROVAL TO THE U.S. NAVY TO STOP YET ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE PEOPLE OF THE SEA

"URGENT!! We have about 7 or so hours to submit comments on the US Navy proposal that will allow them to “take” of more than 500,000 marine mammals over the course of the next 5 years”. The proposal will include 720 active sonobuoys that will introduce dangerous if not lethal noise to marine environment. The devices would be 12 nautical miles off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California. Please read our blog post, it discusses how you can submit your comment and also shows our response. You can use all information and studies we cite in your response, feel free to borrow everything from our response and add it to your own comment. Please consider commenting, even though it will most likely make no difference as the NAVY is ALWAYS rubber-stamped by NOAA in regard to these permits."


INTERVIEW WITH STRANDEDNOMORE

WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO

WHO AND WHAT IS THE U.S. NAVY?
http://tutunui-wananga.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/us-navy-environmental-stewards-or.html

'EXPENDABLE BATHYTHERMAGRAPHS' = 'BATHY-BOMBS'
http://www.ultra-electronics.com.au/resources/Sonobuoy%20techsystems.pdf

NAVY ORDERS NEW SUPPLIES OF ANTI-SUBMARINE SONOBUOYS FOR OCEAN SURVEYING, TRACKING AND ATTACK
http://www.militaryaerospace.com/articles/2014/07/navy-sonobuoy-buy.html

"Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command...announced a $166 million contract...to provide 141,263 AN/SSQ series sonobuoys and 5,000 MK-84 signal underwater sound devices, which are dropped from Navy fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Comments on proposed Navy’s Northwest Training and Testing EIS

by  | Feb 2, 2015 | Uncategorized | 8 comments
Today is a last day to comment on the US NAVY NORTHWEST TRAINING AND TESTING EIS (Environmental Impact Statement). If approved it will allow them to “take” of more than 500,000 marine mammals over the course of the next 5 years”. The proposal will include 720 active sonobuoys that will introduce dangerous if not lethal noise to marine environment  ”The devices would be 12 nautical miles off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California.“ You can see Navy’s typical whitewash EIS here (check volume 1 and 2, volume 1 has the majority of info on strandings).
They open the EIS section on impacts with some absolutely outrageous statement by Ketten (2012) without disclosing the potential conflict of interest where some scientists have been funded by the the Navy for either their entire career or for the majority of their career:
“ironically, to date, there has been no demonstrable evidence of acute, traumatic, disruptive, or profound auditory damage in any marine mammal as the result [of] anthropogenic noise exposures, including sonar.” (p. 3.4-68). They used this quote twice, this is how much they love it (p. 3.4-91) Then they proceed to justify massacring marine life by using the following points:
1. Strandings are natural cycle of life (unless they are from human impact, but mostly the cycle of life) (p. 3.4-91)
2. Strandings are hard to investigate, no single cause can be pinpointed (p. 3.4-91)
3. Since bycatch (and other things like pollution, vessel strikes) cause more cetacean deaths, we should all get off Navy’s back and leave them alone, doing whatever they want to (p. 3.4-94)
Surprisingly, there is no mention of Aristotle and ancient Greece this time.
Here are some points that we will use in our reply. Feel free to use them all, along with studies we cite. Please, try to include references to studies in your comment, because it will be harder for them to ignore, compared to general statements like “the Navy should not be allowed to put these  sonobuoys out there ” You can submit your comment here. We have very little time, it closes tonight, February 2nd, 2015, at midnight. 
To Whom It May Concern:
We are writing to express our strong opposition to the proposed EIS by the US Navy in regard to NORTHWEST TRAINING AND TESTING. The EIS has several very serious problems that could potentially lead to severe underestimation of the potential impact from all proposed activities.
1. The US Navy should disclose all potential conflicts of interests and specify explicitly what scientists and studies have been funded by the Navy. For example, the EIS uses a quote from Dr. Ketten (2012) not once but twice in its EIS (p. 3.4-68 and p. 3.4-91)without specifying when, how much and how often Dr. Ketten was funded by the US Navy to conduct research. This omission of information and failure to disclose the conflict of interest is not trivial as research indicated that “Primary papers are 2.3 times more likely to be cited in the reviews as concluding no effect of noise if the research was militarily-funded than if not.” (Wade et al., 2010. p. 320). Curiously, this study was not cited in the current EIS indicating that the Navy perhaps did not do throrough and detailed literature review on a subject.
2. Even though the EIS has a section on strandings and embolism, it failed to mention that the current stranding response protocol does not include any mandatory rapid in situ embolism testing, even though the low cost methodology for such testing is available and has been described in detail in peer-reviewed literature (Quiros et al., 2011) Needless to say, this study was not cited in the current EIS. The fact that no routine embolism testing is done indicates that many stranded cetaceans who had it might go undetected and not investigated.
3. The EIS does not discuss in detail complete mayhem and disarray of the US stranding response field. The field is underfunded, the response is not systematic, is haphazard, there is no unifying protocol, like for example, in situ embolism testing is not required. The data obtained by various rescues and response officials is not transparent, is not publicly available, the Navy is not transparent about its activities and in many cases the immediate information is not available to link strandings to the Navy activities, especially when it comes to independent organizations and observers.
4. The EIS does not provide comprehensive overview of all relevant and available literature on a subject of sound and marine mammals. Below are the studies that have not been included, even though they are highly relevant as they show how vulnerable marine mammals are to the anthropogenic sound:
b) Miller et al., 2011, Developing dose-response relationships for the onset of avoidance of sonar by free-ranging killer whales(Orcinus orca), Paper presented at the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, November, 2011, Tampa, FL, USA. (this study indicated that killer whales stopped feeding at playback of sonar sounds of 93 dB re: 1µPa and whales started to show the avoidance at 98 dB re: 1µPa)
e).Weilgart L, Whitehead H, Rendell L, Calambokidis J. Signal-to-noise: funding structure versus ethics as a             solution to conflict-of-interest. Marine Mammal Science 2005;21:779–81
5. The EIS does not discuss all ways of how marine mammals can be negative impacted and by doing so provides inaccurate and potentially wrong and misleading evaluation of mortalities and negative impacts. EIS application completely ignores severe and far reaching consequences of live strandings. For example, a study by Wade et al. (2012) indicated how removal of key individuals can affect the entire populations. These key individuals often die during mass or single strandings and their death affects the entire population because these individuals are either leaders, or important for mating and reproduction or important for knowledge transfer that takes place in species like sperm whales, pilot whales and potentially many other species. Hence, EIS does not make the accurate estimation of actual damage their activities will result in.
6. Similarly, EIS failed to mention how strandings might not reflect the true extent of mortalities resulted from the Navy activities. For example the experimental study that did controlled carcasses release offshore found that only 8% of experimentally released carcasses made it to shore. The model that was made based on data predicted that that only carcasses that have positive buoyancy will drift and wash ashore. The carcasses with negative buoyancy will sink and decompose. (Peltier et al., 2012). This could indicate that many animals affected will not wash ashore and will die offshore, never to be seen or counted. EIS does not provide any discussion on that and does not factor this fact in its mortality and impact estimations. Peltier’s study is not cited in EIS either.
The above points indicate that the Navy has grossly underestimated the actual impact of its activities. Furthermore, it omitted numerous significant and highly relevant studies. We urge officials in charge to deny this permit because it does not show the true extent of Navy’s activities. The Navy capitalizes on conflict of interest, cherry-picking of data and studies, lack of resources for independent studies and investigation, and dismal state of the US stranding network that cannot produce any compelling evidence for Navy’s role in strandings not because there is none, but because stranding field lacks resources, training, coordination and frankly desire to investigate and to find the cause for increasing strandings in the US.
References:
Bernaldo De Quirós, Y., González-Diaz, O., Arbelo, M., Sierra, E., Sacchini, S., and Fernández, A. (2012). Decompression vs. Decomposition: Distribution, Amount, and Gas Composition of Bubbles in Stranded Marine Mammals. Frontiers in Physiology 3.
Peltier, H., Dabin, W., Daniel, P., Van Canneyt, O., Dorémus, G., Huon, M., & Ridoux, V. (2012). The significance of stranding data as indicators of cetacean populations at sea: Modelling the drift of cetacean carcasses. Ecological Indicators18, 278-290.
Paul R. Wade, Randall R. Reeves, and Sarah L. Mesnick, “Social and Behavioural Factors in Cetacean Responses to Overexploitation: Are Odontocetes Less “Resilient” Than Mysticetes?,” Journal of Marine Biology, vol. 2012, Article ID 567276, 15 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/567276

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'HEAVEN ON EARTH' VIDEO COMPETITION: PLEASE VOTE FOR MY WHALE & DOLPHIN FILM PROJECT :) [VOTE BY 21 JAN 2015]

From the 'CETACEAN RAINBOW DREAMING' SERIES, JEFF PHILLIPS







NOTE FROM JEFF: My film about the whales and dolphins, 'Aihe Tohora Paikea Wananga', has been accepted into the 'Heaven On Earth' competition, and thanks to Laurie and Jacob Tietelbaum of the Big Island, Hawai'i for making this happen. This is actually just the 'trailer' for the much more in-depth project which is under way now. IF you love the whales and dolphins AND you want to support my work on their behalf, PLEASE take five minutes and register yourself at the link below so that you can VOTE FOR MY FILM. This would mean a lot to me. First Prize is $3000 usd, which would go a long way in support of this project, which is totally pro bono and a labour of love on my part. Of all the other films in this competition, the one with the most votes only has 32, and another has 25, the rest only a very few or none. So if just a few dozen real friends take the time to register and vote for my project, I might stand a good chance of winning. I've only been accepted as of two days ago (16 December), and the dead-line for voting is 21 January 2015.

PLEASE WATCH THE TRAILER AT THE LINK BELOW AND PLEASE REGISTER AND VOTE FOR ME...I thank you for taking the time to read this and for your on-going friendship and support of my creative work and information activism on behalf of mitakuye oyasin and life as we know her on Mother Earth.

WATCH TRAILER AND VOTE HERE:

I feel that the whales and dolphins are the ORIGINAL 'people' of Mother Earth, and that they have inhabited the 'garden of Eden', or 'heaven on Earth' for FAR longer than we have even existed. We, homo sapiens, 'man, the wise', are the ONLY beings on this planet who are MAKING 'HEAVEN' IMPOSSIBLE. The whales and dolphins, as the most advanced sentient beings on this planet, are by far our GREATEST HOPE to understand what is really going on with our out-of-balance ways of 'life' and how to renavigate the human process. I feel that their MAIN MESSAGE to us on how to regain 'heaven on Earth' is this:

"LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MAY SIMPLY LIVE."

Jeff Phillips
South Island 
New Zealand :)




WATCH TRAILER AND VOTE HERE:

'AIHE TOHORA PAIKEA WANANGA', or 'THE KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM OF WHALES & DOLPHINS'. 

"This is the trailer to a 'beyond film' I am working on. Using all of my most advanced creative, media and information skills, this project is not only a 'documentary' in the sense of exploring who the cetaceans are as fellow beings on Mothership Earth as well as what the real global threats to their well-being and existence are, but also a 'beyond film' in that, through a neo-shamanic synthesis and integration of multiple dimensions, I am transcending the medium of film per se to open a 'portal' into the domain of cetacean consciousness, having long been invited into and embraced by who I regard not only as 'the ultimate indigenous people' but also a 'true extra-terrestrial intelligence.' Sound and music are as important in this project as are visuals. I have interviews with many top cetacean researchers as well as indigenous 'whale-dreaming' talking-chiefs and story-tellers from several indigenous cultures. I am working on creating some animation to assist in the display of scientific information as well as to enliven my art. I am compiling a state-of-the-art data base relating to GMEIA (Global Marine Environmental Impact Assessment) and MAMIAW (Marine Anthropogenic Military-Industrial Activity Warfare). The 'beyond film' will function as 'audio-visual software' that will ultimately create a real-time link between human and cetacean consciousness fields, in honour of our true kinship. It is an attempt to 'mend the sacred hoop'."

Beyond this competition, I am actively seeking funding assistance for this increasingly urgent project. I am not a 'non-profit' organization who solicits donations, but a single dedicated person who loves the 'people of the sea.' Anytime someone buys my art or commissions me to do a piece of art for them, they are directly supporting all that I do.

I am also looking for sources of high-quality underwater footage of cetaceans, if you have any suggestions please let me know.


"COMING FORTH BY DAY" Song by Jeff Phillips/Wefferson 




IN HONOUR OF ETERNAL LIFE FOR CETACEANS & 'MITAKUYE OYASIN'


Music is the 'language of the soul'. I share this multi-track musical experiment I did in Christchurch NZ in 2007, with my 'audio wizard' mate Ian McAllister. I played all the parts and made it up off the top of my head, in honour of my mom and dad who were killed in a car accident in 2004. I offer this now to honour the Maui's dolphins, all the cetaceans, 'mitakuye oyasin', or 'all my relations', the 'people of one heart' and Mother Earth. My music is part of an effort on my part to inspire miraculous transformations of human 'consciousness' RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.

HERE IS MY 'SYNOPSIS' FOR THE PROJECT


SYNOPSIS FOR ‘AIHE TOHORA PAIKEA WANANGA’*,
A ‘BEYOND FILM’ PROJECT by JEFF PHILLIPS

I refer to this project as a ‘beyond film’ because I am attempting to ‘transcend the medium’ by means of a synthesis of all of my creative abilities in multi-disciplinary science (zoology, psychology, ecology), philosophy, visual arts and music/sound experiments.

My article “We are not alone…yet: How we are waging war on a true ‘extra-terrestrial intelligence’ “ is not only a comprehensive statement on the leading edge of cetacean awareness and our relationship with them, which will hopefully be expanded into a book or books, it also serves as an outline for this ‘beyond film’ project.

The primary purposes of this ‘beyond film’ are

1)   to provide the necessary back-ground information in order to ‘set the stage’ for this journey into the unknown, to understand our own limitations in this work

2)   to explore who the cetaceans really are as fellow sentient beings, at once very similar to us in many ways yet incomprehensibly alien in others

3)   to identify what the major global threats to their survival and well-being actually are and to suggest possible renavigations of the current human process which can remove these threats

4)   to honour the whales and dolphins, to celebrate our mutual co-existence here and now

5)   to ‘go inside their minds’, in as much as we are being invited to do so, in real time, using a combination of the audio-visual technologies in the ‘beyond film’ as well as our own internal technologies of mind and brain.

I am in a unique position to do this project, and I know of no one else on this planet who is both willing and able to do it. My decades of involvement with the cetaceans, my unique connections, back-ground and on-going research and activism converge with my love of them as fellow beings and fellow passengers/crew of Mother Earth. I am a single individual with an extensive network of contacts. The fact that I work for no one other than Mother Earth makes it possible for me to be totally and completely honest in this work. The whole story is the only true story, and it’s one that desperately needs telling.

The basic stages or phases of the project are

1)  TECHNOLOGY Getting new hard- and soft-ware to continue the film-making process (external hard-drives, etc) and a new HD video camera to continue my own filming at the next level

[NOTE: Progress has been made on these new technologies]

2)  UNDERWATER FOOTAGE Obtaining more high-quality under-water footage of cetaceans to use in the film. Right now I have several potential sources of footage that I would be licensed to use for free. I am also exploring further sources of excellent footage that would only be available for a fee.

3)  TRAVEL In order to conduct an on-going series of interviews with a select network of minds and researchers in various places as well as to get cetacean footage of my own

4)  ANIMATION To add an additional dimension to the ‘beyond film’, bringing some my cetacean-related art to life as well as to create state-of-the-art graphics and information displays to convey the major ideas of the project

5)  RESEARCH and ACTIVISM This is constantly on-going on my part, to broaden my knowledge base, get and keep in touch with other researchers whose work I consider to be important, and to share this knowledge, information and insight with the interested and caring public

6)  SOUNDTRACK and MUSIC The music and audio for this project is at least as important as the visuals. The cetaceans are masters of sound, and as a musician and ‘sound scientist’ my goal is to create an amazing experimental sound-track using my own musical creations in conjunction with recordings (or even real-time transmissions) of cetacean sounds

7) EDITING and POST-PRODUCTION This is the final stage before a finished version is ready. This is quite a tedious and time-consuming phase but is really where it all comes together. The utmost care and attention to detail is necessary here.

In addition to a film or series of films or shows, this project could involve the creation and dissemination of a book or books, posters, visual art and t-shirts, all working together not only to present ‘Aihe Tohora Paikea Wananga’ but also to celebrate and honour our most special fellow beings.

* Ancient Maori, ‘The knowledge and wisdom of whales and dolphins’



JEFF REF'S ON CETACEANS

COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE by Jeff Phillips (Outline for 'beyond film')


'ON THE BRINK' RADIO with Jeff Phillips/Wefferson 
(recent cetacean-oriented episodes)

#89 ORKATSAKA DREAMING - HOWARD GARRETT OF ORCANET.ORG INTERVIEW

#85 IN 2 HRS: CETACEAN DREAMING AOTEAROA / DOLPHINTALK RADIO MULTI-LOGUE


#83 'A HOLISTIC APPROACH'/MAUI'S DOLPHINS UNDER ATTACK/'BIG 3' OF WAR ON CETACEANS

#82 in 6 HRS: STEPHEN DERUBY CD 'SACRED SPACES' MUSICAL/NATURE EXPERIMENT


#81 'GIONG DREAMING' GAVI DUNCAN, GUMAROI/DARKINJUNG, INTERVIEW & MUSIC :)


#80 'AQUA NULLIUS' or 'A VACANT OCEAN'/GLOBAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ANTHROPOGENIC ACOUSTIC WARFARE ON CETACEANS: SEISMIC/HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY COMPONENT

DEAD GRAY WHALE W/ SEISMIC VESSEL
OVER 700 OF THESE MARITIME 'DEATH-STARS' ARE IN OPERATION
 POLARCUS ACTIVITY IN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF
4 MAJOR STRANDINGS IN GOLDEN BAY NZ
SEISMIC SURVEY/STRANDINGS CORRELATION
BY STRANDENOMORE

WORLD'S 270+ SEISMIC VESSELS:  A MAJOR COMPONENT OF OUR WAR ON CETACEANS AND MARINE LIFE

http://www.offshore-mag.com/content/dam/offshore/print-articles/Volume%2073/03/0313-seismic-vessel-survey.pdf

OVER 700 SEISMIC/HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY VESSELS IN OPERATION GLOBALLY THAT POSE AN ACOUSTIC THREAT TO CETACEANS

158 coastal and deepwater hydrographic survey vessels
270 seismic survey and geophysical vessels
313 oceanographic / research vessels


"WE ARE NOT ALONE...YET: How We are Waging War on a 'True Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence' " Jeff Phillips

http://tutunui-wananga.blogspot.com/2012/08/we-are-not-aloneyet-how-we-are-waging.html

'Seismic and electromagnetic geo-physical exploration technologies are extremely dangerous weapons in our war on cetacea.  Hundreds of exploration vessels are in operation globally at any given time, each of which is equipped with an array of ‘air-guns’ that can emit under-water sonic explosions on the order of 30,000 joules per blast…enough to deafen or kill any cetaceans or other marine life within a radius of many kilometres.' 

SEISMIC TESTING technologies represent one-third of the triad of acoustic weapons systems with which industrial civiliazation is waging war on all life in the global ocean, along with maritime military activities, including weapons testing, 'war-games' and combat deployment and SONAR SYSTEMS used by all vessels including sail-boats. 

SEISMIC PROFILING SYSTEMS
http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/operations/sfmapping/seismic.htm 

The summation of on-going marine acoustic warfare can be approximated based on the known existence of 700+ seismic/hydrographic survey vessels; weapons systems on tens of thousands of military/naval vessels from hundreds of countries; and perhaps a staggering tens of millions of assorted sonar systems in use on every boat in existence, military and civilian.

A total estimate can be made of total anthropogenic acoustic energy being intentionally introduced into the global marine environment can be expressed as an average level distributed across the entire cubic volume of the global ocean expressed as joules or watts/cubic metre.  This calculation is currently under way. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

EVERGLADES STRANDINGS COINCIDE WITH NAVY COMPTUEX OPERATION/'KILLING WITH SOUND'

 "WE LOVE YOU!"
 NAVAL TESTING RANGE SITES
 HAWAIIAN TEST RANGES


"A TRUE 'EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE' "

"THE ULTIMATE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE"

MIND IN THE WATERS

"To the dolphin alone, beyond all others, 
Nature has given what the best philosophers seek, 
friendship for no advantage; 
yet it is friend to all men 
and has often given great aid." Plutarch

10 WHALES DEAD, DOZENS STRANDED IN EVERGLADES

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/04/us/florida-everglades-whales-trapped/#cnn-disqus-area

US NAVY COMPTUEX OPERATION IN SAME AREA

http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/military/jax-air-news/2013-11-26/story/bush-strike-group-begins-comptuex

Quote of the day by Mr. Phillip Clapham from National Marine Laboratory in Seattle, Washington: "These events, while they're tragic, don't have any implications for the survival of the species." ...and these are people who are entrusted with our natural resources. Also imagine if we approached treating humans like that "since there are 7 billion humans, we really do not need hospitals to treat anyone, because all these deaths are not affecting humans as species " StrandedNoMore

"We cited a study about dead carcasses, where controlled release offshore ofdead carcasses only yield to 8% of carcasses actually washing ashore. So what we see on our shores is a tiny fragment of what is going on. That is why we believe so strongly that every live stranded cetacean is a miracle that went through hell to stay alive and because of that should be given any help imaginable to survive."

Interview with StrandedNoMore
http://tutunui-wananga.blogspot.com/2013/09/stranded-no-more-interview-leading-edge.html 

FROM STRANDEDNOMORE, today, 4 December 2013

Bad news just in: EFFING NOAA is saying they are gonna kill all 45 whales!!! Please voice your opposition, please! http://www.cnn.com/video/?%2Fvideo%2Fus%2F2013%2F12%2F04%2Fnr-intv-dove-whales-in-everglades-park-may-be-euthanized.cnn&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterutm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29&video_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FPphyYAiIMm

End of day update: 51 short finned pilot whales in Everglades, FL, first reported 12/3/13 around 2:30 pm ET by park rangers. Today NOAA rescued exactly 0 whales, but managed to euthanize 4. Around 41 whales still alive, no actions will be taken tonight. NOAA hopes whales die overnight, if not, tomorrow morning they will start a massacre. It does not look like they will be attempting any sort of rescue tomorrow. Over and out.

THE NAVY RATIONALE FOR 'CLEAR-FELLING THE OCEAN'
 
"In order to appreciate the future of undersea warfare, it is necessary to understand some aspects of the current state of the oceanographic sciences and their development. In no other field of warfare does the environment enter in so complex a way to fashion and fix the character of the operations. The classical example is that of biological intervention. In the air and on the ground the intervention of an animal or plant in military operations is rare and noteworthy. In the sea, freedom from such interference - by organisms that reflect sonar pulses, for example - would be extraordinary."

'Militarized Oceans' by William A. Nierenberg, chap. Unless Peace Comes, ed. Nigel Calder, 1968.   

'Killing Beached Whales is Kinder, Experts Say' 

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16830-killing-beached-whales-is-kinder-experts-say.html

http://www.brendapetersonbooks.com/animal-heart/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brenda-peterson/killing-with-sound_b_2744864.html?utm_hp_ref=whales

"Killing With Sound: What Happens When the Whales Stop Singing?"

Close your eyes. Your world is now only sound -- the rain, the traffic, that far-off siren. In this acoustic world, how you navigate, find food, your children, or mate, all depends upon how well you hear. Imagine that as you search in the darkness for a crying child, a horrifying drone, loud as a rocket, suddenly blasts sound pulses like shock-waves through your home. 

There are no noise-cancelling headphones to stop the U.S. Navy's 235-decibel pressure waves of unbearable pinging and metallic shrieking. At 200 Db, the vibrations can rupture your lungs, and above 210 Db, the lethal noise can bore straight through your brain until it hemorrhages that delicate tissue. If you're not deaf after this devastating sonar blast, you're dead.

This is the real life of marine mammals destroyed by the U.S. Navy's all-out acoustic war on the world's oceans. The collateral damage of this high-intensity military sonar is shocking. But because all these millions of dying whales or dolphins are too often out of human sight, they're also out of mind. Only when cetaceans strand on land do we witness what orca researcher, Ken Balcomb, calls, this "acoustic holocaust." Military sonar so panics cetaceans that as they try to escape the sonic violence, they rise too quickly to the surface and die of "the bends."
 
Ken Balcomb has researched multi-generations of the resident orca pods in the Pacific Northwest. In March, 2000, Balcomb documented a mass stranding of predominantly deep-diving beaked whales off the Bahamas that the Navy later finally admitted was a result of their LFA (Low-frequency Active sonar) tests. Balcomb told the Los Angeles Times, 'sonar waves at certain frequencies might have resonated around the whale's ears, causing tissues to tear much as a wineglass will shatter at a particular pitch.'

Scientific American calls military sonar, 'rolling walls of noise.' For the dolphins, whom researchers have documented as "self-aware," noting that they "call each other by name," this is a brutal and inhumane death sentence. For whales, such as the great blue, who can communicate over thousands of miles, such sonic stress affects reproduction and communication so much that some whales simply stop vocalizing. What happens to our oceans when the whales stop singing?

In the Navy's latest environmental impact statement draft, they admit that the sonar exercises planned for 2014-2018 may unintentionally "harm marine mammals 2.8 million times over five years." This estimate is up about 150,000 instances a year from their EIS statement of 2009-2013. Included in this estimate are two million incidents of "temporary hearing loss," and 2,000 are targeted for permanent hearing loss.

A deaf whale is a dead whale. Dr. Lindy Weilgart, sperm whale researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia warns us 'There are some technologies that simply should never be used. As a scientist -- and as a mother and fellow inhabitant of this fragile planet -- I am alarmed at this new threat to our oceans. The ocean gives us our air, our water, our food, and regulates our climate. The ocean literally enables human life.'

Criticism of the Navy's sonar has intensified, even as the military has intensified their sonar tests.The main concern of scientists and environmentalists is that the Navy has not done enough environmental impact research and knows much too little about the devastation they're unleashing on our marine environment to proceed with such expanded target ranges. 

The Navy has paid little heed to the scientists, the lawsuits, the public outcry, and the many media storms all protesting this risky technology. Even while sometimes admitting sonar's role in mass strandings -- like those in the Bahamas, Canary Islands, Pacific Northwest, Greece, and North Carolina -- the Navy has proceeded to garner federal permits to expand their sonar tests.
NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) just gave the Navy the go-ahead for their proposed 2014-2018 sonar exercises, targeting those two million whales and dolphins. In response, the NRDC (Natural resources Defense Council) and Earth Justice, along with several tribes have brought a lawsuit claiming that NMFS was "wrong to approve the Navy's expanded training plan," which would affect Washington, Oregon and California coasts. 

The Navy has agreed only to post look-outs onboard ships to spot whales. "Visual detection can miss anywhere from 25 to 95 percent of the marine mammals in an area," says Heather Trim, Director of Policy for People for Puget Sound. The Navy should at least use common-sense precautions: declare whale sanctuaries, birthing nurseries, and whale migration paths off-limits to sonar testing. The Navy could employ their sophisticated listening devices to make sure no cetaceans are in the path of their lethal sonar. Finally, the Navy could engage in a serious and thoughtful dialogue with scientists and environmentalists about how to assure our military readiness while not destroying the very ocean they supposedly serve.

Our seas are not just a backdrop or stage upon which to practice our war games. As a recent New Yorker blogger wryly points out, 'The cat-and-mouse games played by submarines may have made a certain kind of sense during the Cold War, but what is the point of them now? Russia is annoying, but it is no longer our mortal enemy. The Chinese have no desire to bury us, except under piles of sneakers and kitchen appliances... The terrorists have no submarines.'
As we now ponder cuts to the defense budget, why not stop this military sonar's expansion until we have enough sound science and environmental research to use it judiciously and with much greater concern for all life? In this time of collapsing fisheries and disastrous marine pollution, when our oceans are more fragile and endangered than ever before, why let the Navy blast its expensive and fatal sonar through our seas?

We must not let our fear of some supposed enemy destroy our foresight. The tragedy is that in our zeal to protect ourselves, we are destroying the same life support system that we need for our own survival -- our oceans. Because when you save the whales, you also save the humans.

Get involved:

Watch a video and listen to underwater recordings of the 2003 sonar tests off the Pacific Northwest. 

Watch the NRDC video, "Lethal Sound " on sonar's effects on marine life.
Watch PBS, "Ocean Giants" for in-depth look at military sonar.

Sign a petition to make your voice heard in the public comment, ending March 11th on the Navy's expanded sonar testing for 2014-2018. 

Brenda Peterson is a National Geographic author. Her 17 books include Animal Heart, a Sierra Club book exploring military sonar, and Sightings: the Gray Whale's Mysterious Journey. Her new novel is The Drowning World For more: BrendaPetersonBooks.com

MANY BLESSINGS AND MUCHO MAHALO TO STRANDEDNOMORE AND CHAMPIONS FOR CETACEANS...YOU ROCK!!! :)

JEFF PHILLIPS
BIG ISLAND HAWAI'I 

MOTHERSHIP EARTH
4 DECEMBER 2013