Two whales were found lodged in a naval destroyer in California, CNN reported. The naval destroyer was visiting from Australia.
While it’s rare to have ships strike whales, it shows the amount of traffic that happens along the busy Pacific Coast.
“The Navy takes marine mammal safety seriously and is disheartened this incident occurred,” a statement from the Australian navy said. Both Australian and US Navies were investigating the incident.
Carl Schuster, a former US Navy captain said, “Whales can hear ships from miles away and generally avoid ships using mid-frequency and high-powered low frequency sonars because it bothers their hearing.”
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This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 27 May 2021. Lead Image Source: Leonardo Gonzalez/Shutterstock.com.
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