22 May 2015

Dead Whales Washing Ashore on the California Coast


Two new videos give the latest on the dead whales washing up on the West Coast (link) (link). Notice in these videos that the waves are breaking in the surf zone at right angles (~90 degrees) to the coastline.

In general, wind-driven surf approaching at 90 degree angles drive the flow of surface current straight up onto the beach (link). The two videos show right angle approaches and make it obvious that the local inflow of the water is floating dead whales straight into the sand. As the tide rises, the carcasses gut pushed higher and higher. When the tide falls, the carcasses are left on the dry sand. 

This the way it is for all stranded marine mammals, even live ones. But for some strange reason, most folks, including marine mammal scientists, never think about the flow of the water at a beach. We see the waves breaking and we see the calm but never think about the behavior of the water mass itself.   

The direction and speed of the flow just off the beach is always changing, often in complex ways. For example, if wind-driven current approaches from the north at ~45 degrees, the mass of water will be pushed south along the shoreline. In this case, a carcass will float south, bouncing along the sandy bottom until reaching a jetty, rock, pier, or strip of land that extends out opposing the southern flow. The solid mass extending out into the sea blocks the carcass. In this fashion, many whales may be carried to the exact same spot because the carcasses are blocked from washing any further south. The dead whales would also be pushed to the high-tide mark and deposited high and dry when the tide recedes. This is the reason jetties, piers, rocks, and land mass that extends out to sea, opposing the flow of the alongshore surface currents, trap a lot of sand and also trap more stranded whales than other areas along the beach. This is also why large hook-shaped land masses that oppose the flow of the current capture a lot of sand and a lot of stranded whales. Current, the energy carrying the sand to maintain the beach is the same energy guiding lost whales thereto. The two best examples are Cape Cod USA and Farewell Spit at Golden Bay, New Zealand.

Studying the flow of the current both nearshore and offshore gives us the answer to where whales will strand. Moreover, the flow of the surface currents, in deep water and in shallow, and the shape of the beach and the land masses extending out to sea not only guide dead whale to a particular spot, but these same conditions guide live whales to the same areas. 

This is so because, believe it or not, live whales, on their way to a stranding, have no sense of direction whatsoever; they are swimming and floating in the path of least drag that is established by the downstream flow of the surface currents. 

Think about this... even in a video, you have never seen a healthy whale or dolphin feeding, playing, or cruising near the beach when the seas are rough and waves are breaking in the surf zone. This is so because the breaking waves stir up the sand and deposit millions of tiny bubbles that block their sonar system. They can't see what's in front of them. Millions of years of experience has taught them to stay out of the rough surf when the breaking waves fill the water with deposits that blind them.

The only whales and dolphins you will see in the surf zone when the water is filled with sand and bubbles are LOST. They are being guided blindly through the breaking waves to the beach by the flow of surface currents. They can swim against the strong inward flow because they have no sense of direction. Thus, all stranded whales, dead or alive, are guided ashore by the current.  It's like the noise on our face, it's in plain sight be we rarely ever see it and almost never think about.  

On the other hand, you will see healthy coastal dolphins cruising and chasing small fish only when the waves are less than about 2 feet and water is clear and not packed with sand and bubbles. Let the surf get a little rough, and the healthy dolphins head offshore to deeper waters where their sonar system works just fine.

Read more on strandings and surface currents at http://www.deafwhale.com/surface-currents/

That all stranded whales and dolphins, dead or alive, have no sense of direction should be a no-brainer for whale scientists. The question is: after spending 50 years cutting up a million beached whales and using high-tech scientific methods to solve the stranding mystery, why have they failed to see that the surface currents always pick the stranding beach for both dead and live strandings? 

Now allow me to explain exactly what's going on along West Coast beaches. 

Normally the cold water upwells from the bottom near the beach, and then flows away from shore back out to sea. Whales with no sense of direction, dead or alive, do not strand during periods of upwelling because the surface currents guide them out to where the big oceanic sharks are waiting (link). Said again, the stranded dead and those soon to die, rarely wash ashore on the West Coast because the usual currents guide them offshore. This means that there is likely 10 to 30 times more lost whales floating many miles off the West Coast than ever hits the beach.

Prove it to yourself. The next time a whale strands in your area, check for upwelling, check the wind direction and speed, check the wide-driven currents, waves breaking in the surf zone, look for sand and bubbles in the water near shore, check the tidal flow, rip currents, flotsam washing in with the whales, storms offshore, offshore currents, times of high and low tides, the lay of the land at the beach, jetties, piers, land the extends out opposing the current, the color of the water both near shore and as far offshore as you can see, and any other conditions that will change the flow of the current. You'll see... stranded whales always go ashore where the current guides them. This means only one thing... all stranded whales, dead or alive, have no sense of direction. That's why they beach.   

These facts should shock West Coast marine environmentalists and is one of main reasons whale scientists keep lying about what's going on or pretending to be mistified. 

The upwelling currents stop from time to time and the surface currents then flow in towards the beach. That's when both the dead and live animals, seaweed and other flotsam starts washing ashore. Here's a website (link) that explains how this works. If you read the site, you'll never again wonder why a whale or dolphin strands on the West Coast.

Do not doubt me--I've suffered a sick obsession to understand whale beachings for over 50 years. Believe me when I tell you that live stranded whales and dolphins are directed to the sand by the same surface currents that carry in the carcasses. This easily observable fact means only one thing: a previous injury (link) has disabled their acoustic sense of direction. They swim or float ashore in the path of least drag, which is always downstream with the surface currents.

Some type of man-made pressure disturbance or natural seismic upheaval, up to 3,000 miles upstream from the stranding beach, has either killed them or injured them in a way to knock out their navigation, rendering them as lost at sea as a blind man thrown overboard 20 miles offshore.

Just like water always runs downhill--lost whales, dead or alive, will always swim downstream with the flow of the surface current, in the path of least resistance (drag).

In toothed whales (odontoceti), loss of echonavigation is caused by either deafness or by barotraumatic sinus injuries. You should readily believe that deafness causes loss of echonavigation. What you might doubt is that sinus barotrauma can do the same thing. This is so because the sinus air bounces sound around inside the head is such a fashion to make biosonar work. If air leaks out of the cranial air spaces, especially out of the air sacs between each cochlea, the animal's acoustic sense of direction fails. Check it out be reading "The Acoustic Function of the Air Sacs."

You might also enjoy reading about the hydrostatic function of the air sinuses (link). Some of larger ones serve as air reservoirs so that the smaller air sacs that serve to isolate the ears have extra air for deep diving. I should add that odontoceti MUST hear in full stereo. Each ear MUST be isolated from the other if echonavigation and location is to function. In these respect, some of the larger sinuses act as scuba tanks to keep small air sacs filled at depth.

The air in nasal air sacs also serve to generate echonavigation clicks (link). A barotrauma injury in this area of their anatomy might cause a tone or volume disruption that could lead to a malfunction. Furthemore, some of the larger sinuses serve as air reservoirs for transferring extra air to the air sacs that isolate and insulate each cochlea from the other.

The most likely cause of direct cochlea injury (deafness) in whales is exposure to underwater explosions. However, to injure a cochlea is not so easy because these hard-boned structures are protection by foam-filled air sinuses. I used to think deafness was the biggest issue. That's why I named my research group the Deafwhale Society. Then about 20 years ago I finally understood that the sinuses and air sacs were far more vulnerable than cochleas. Sinus barotrauma is the least injury a pressure wave might cause and yet the most deadly. Sinus barotrauma is the most common injury in all marine mammals and birds and sea turtles and all underwater life with swim bladders and/or air pockets. I can explain all this but it would require another 500 words.

The most-likely cause of the sinus barotrauma in diving whales  is: (1) vertical thrusting, extremely shallow, seafloor earthquakes between 4.7 and 7 magnitude, (2) undersea volcanic explosions, (3) military sonar, (4) oil industry airguns, and (5) the rare times when a heavenly body slams into the water's surface near the whales.

Many times in the past, vertical thrusting seafloor earthquakes have generated powerful compression waves that kill baleen whales outright, leaving their carcasses floating on the surface. This recently happened in Chile when an earthquake killed 20 Sei whales (link). As shown on the left, it even happened near Vancouver Island in 1946. (Ref: The Oregon Statesman Wed Jun 26 1946).

Here's an old newspaper report that tells about exploding volcanoes, dead fish, and even dead whales. Be sure to read the bottom part of the article (link). Here's some more on explosive volcanic seafloor activity (link).

And, believe it or not, in January 1842,  in the Vancouver area, the US Navy War Sloop Falmouth, experienced a severe shock of a seaquake lasting 20 seconds. The ship shook and trembled violently. (link)

These violent disturbances in ambient water pressure are especially dangerous to diving whales and ships. Don't take my word; do a little research on your own. Click on this (link) and read 4,979 eyewitness accounts from sailors that have experienced earthquakes at sea and lived to tell the story. Here's another (link) to over 2,000 eyewitness reports of submarine upheavals that happened on the seafloor in the backyard of whales and dolphins. Remove all doubt--read this material! Know for yourself that earthquakes and volcanic explosions have been causing whale stranding for more than 50 million years. Don't be a dumb schmuck and keep on believing the scientists. They are making a fool out of you. Wake up, get pissed off, and let's do something about all the scientific lies they've been spreading around!   

So what seismic events happened upstream to cause the recent beachings?

The normal California current flows south from near Alaska and down passed Vancouver Island, Washington State, Oregon, and California. Not long ago a big underwater volcano blew up (link) and likely killed a lot of animals, whales included. There were also some strong undersea earthquakes just north of Vancouver Island that also likely killed a few whales and other deep sea animals.

Every whale scientists along the West Coast should know about this activity but they turn a blind eye to the truth.

Take a look (link) at this chart. You'll be shocked by all the earthquake activity in the last few months north of where the animals are washing up. Pay close attention to the quakes north of Vancouver.

This is old knowledge purposefully suppressed by whale scientists. In fact, upheavals on the ocean floor have been generating enormous shock waves that have kill sea critters with enclosed air pockets and swim bladders throughout history and the whale scientists know it. They will not tell you about it because the actual cause of death involves the number one word on the US Navy's most taboo list. That word is barosinusitis. The reason is because barosinusitis (sinus barotrauma) is not only caused by natural seafloor upheavals, but also by Navy sonar, oil industry air guns, and explosives.

The US Navy has a lot of secret acoustic devices they are about to put into operations. These devices will kill a lot of whales. It's hopeless for me to save them alone. Other marine environmentalists must learn the truth and get together and demand that the whale scientists stop lying.

They told so many stupid lies--we could easily expose them to the entire world and the world would believe us.

The Navy has a monumental legal reason to keep you in the dark. It involves 18 clauses inside the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act. These clauses force our government to protect whales to the "best available scientific information." Sounds great doesn't it. Our whales are protected by the best science available. Wow... I like that.

But hold on a minute! If there is no scientific consensus that sinus barotrauma destroys their sense of direction and kills them, then there is no protection under law against instruments that send out intense burst of ambient pressure changes that blow out their sinuses.

Now I see a little light flickering in your head. You're starting to think that if the US Navy prevents a scientific consensus, then they can easily defeat the legislation that protects the whale.

It just like with the deafness issue. There's still no scientific consensus that sonar, explosives, and oil industry airguns cause deafness. Oh there's plenty of research, but all this research NEVER arrives at a consensus. The US Navy has been sponsoring a scientific argument about deafness that goes back and forth and NEVER gets resolved. As long as they are in control of all the research money, the lying scientists are willing to play the game and keep on arguing.

This means that as long as the US Navy and the oil industry can keep sinus barotrauma from gaining scientific consensus, the Marine Mammal Protection Act is a toothless scrap of paper and a big fat joke on the American public. It's the same in other countries. Most laws protecting whales are modeled from the toothless laws in the US.

I recall back in 1972 when Navy lawyers were arguing with environmentalists. The Navy team got the bright idea that if they controlled the funding for marine mammal science, they would also control what became "best available scientific information." There were 18 such clause in the 1972 version.

Think about it! Why else should the US Navy be the number one funding source for whale scientists? They are the worse acoustical polluter in the world. They've singled-handedly turned whale scientists into money hungry crooks that would sell their grandmother in the prostitution for a Navy grant. Yuck... the evil mess going on now makes me sick to my stomach.

There's more, the Marine Mammal Commision, the biggest group of crooks that ever held a high-paying government job, was established to monitor the scientific research. What a joke. The Commission was filled with the friends of the US Navy. I had an phone argument in 1987 with the Commission's chief scientist, Robert Hoffman. Two days later, several US Navy CID agents showed up at my door, wanting to know if I was going to harm their boy. I asked, "If I'm going to hurt him, why is this a US Navy problem?" They told me that he had called an admiral who had ordered the Navy to investigate. After coffee and brief conversation, they apologized and walked out laughing.

Bet on it--since the US Navy now controls all the whale research in one way or another, whale scientists purposefully deceive the public to kiss up to the US Navy and the oil industry who supply 97% of all the funds available worldwide to study whales. Scientists must kiss an admiral's butt or find another job. Those that do the best butt smooching, get the most money and praise. 

The situation is identical to the days when the tobacco industry paid for all the lung cancer studies. That was back when doctors were recommending different brands of cigarettes and the Marlboro Man was riding tall in the saddle. One credit to the Marlboro man: He did tell the truth right before he died of lung cancer.

Then there's the gullible public that trust what the lying scientists say. The public looks up to them and expects them to tell the truth. But down deep inside, the public knows that scientists lie just as much, if not more, than crooked politicians.

But it ain't polite to call a damn lying scientists a liar. They've create this imaginary protocol that says you're never suppose to say a doctor or a scientists lied about anything. That's their rules, not mine. I think every liar ought to exposed as a low-life son-of-a-bitch.

Just keep in mind that nothing changes in this world... money talks and everything else takes a walk. It's been that way since the indians first used wampum. And you can bet, with the US Navy supplying and/or controlling 97% of all whale research money, the lying whale scientists will line up all around the Pentagon to get their share.

On the other hand, Dr. Kathy Burek Huntington, a veterinary pathologists working in Alaska is honest (link). She examined two stranded beaked whales. "They had bubbles of air within the blood vessels,” she said. "You know, this is just a classic lesion that you see when there’s an animal that suffered from barotrauma.

After performing necropsies, she said "Seismic activity can also damage barriers within the whales’ bodies between gas-filled areas and the bloodstream." The barriers she refers to are the membranes surrounding the air-filled spaces in their massive heads. “For example,” Huntington explains, “if there’s blasting going on in an area, underwater blasting, that can create this kind of thing. It’s thought that really high intensity sonar is another possibility.”

I could not agree more. Dr. Huntington named three major causes of barotrauma in diving mammals: seismic activity like undersea earthquakes and volcanic explosions, US Navy sonar, and explosives.

In summary, the animals washed ashore along the West Coast were killed/wounded over the last few months by the seismic shocks north of Vancouver Island. They likely swam downstream for a week or so, died, sank to the bottom, washed along the seafloor for an unknown distance, refloated when decomposing gases formed, and then got washed up onto the beaches because the normal upwelling currents were no longer flowing back out to sea.

There's more: Read the shocking truth about the deceptive tricks the US Navy sometimes plays on the public at http//www.deafwhale.com.  For the latest on how seaquakes cause whales to mass strand, read: http://deafwhale.com/seaquakes-cause-whale-strandings/

Capt. David Williams, Chairman
Deafwhale Society, Inc. (the oldest marine mammal conservation group in the world)