The Navy’s Environmental Review concedes it could kill more than 1,000 marine mammals … cause more than 5,000 serious injuries … and inflict nearly 5 million cases of temporary hearing loss.
This mid-frequency sonar will bombard whales with noise so intense — up to 236 decibels — it can actually cause their internal organs to hemorrhage. It’s distressing that the Navy refuses to put common-sense precautions in place that could protect whales during routine training — especially because taking such steps would in no way compromise our military readiness. Whales should not have to suffer or die for military practice.
-Pierce Brosnan, Actor and NRDC Member
The Navy’s training plans threaten entire populations of marine wildlife off the East Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and the Gulf Coast.
These include many of the world’s rare and endangered whale species, such as blue whales, fin whales and North Atlantic right whales, which are barely clinging to survival. High-intensity sonar can deafen, injure and even kill marine mammals, and has caused numerous mass strandings and deaths of whales on beaches around the world.
NRDC has launched a campaign aimed squarely at forcing the Navy to stop the senseless killing of whales and to begin protecting them during routine training exercises.