Military sonar systems linked to whale deaths
The International Herald Tribune
10th October 2003
Scientists identify decompression illness
Scientists have long suspected a link between mass whale strandings and the military's use of powerful sonar systems, but the evidence - dying whales washing ashore when sonar exercises occur - has been mostly anecdotal.
Now, international researchers have identified a disorder similar to decompression sickness, or the bends, as the cause of at least some whale beachings, and they say military sonar is most likely to blame.