27 December 2015


notice all the seaweed washed ashore by the current -- the current also washed the lost whales to the same beach

by Capt. David Williams

read the real reason all whales mass strand

I'm a retired sea captain with 50 years of ocean-going experience. I struggled during all those years to understand why pods of whales beached themselves. The only thing that made sense was that they had lost their acoustic sense of direction and swam down current in the path of least drag. This was a no-brainer for me because everything lost at sea floats or swims downstream ─ all sea captains know this. If someone falls off your vessel at night, you always look down current -- never up current. To make it even more of a no-brainer, every sea captain knows that the flow of the current washes sand ashore to build beaches so it just made a lot of sense to me that lost whales would end up on sandy beaches. To boot, the beach was where people hung out. If there are no beaches, there are no stranded whales and no people to find them.

And because I've been a scuba instructor for 40 years, I wondered if some type of natural catastrophic seafloor upheaval had generated a series of rapid and excessive changes in diving pressures that had caused pressure-related barotrauma in the cranial air spaces of the diving whales. Such an injury was #1 in scuba divers and could easily disable an odontocete whale's biosonar system. It would be like scuba divers who rupture an eardrum or suffer a busted middle ear air cavity because they came up or went down too fast.

At first, I ruled out military sonar, explosives, and oil industry air guns because whales have been mass beaching for millions of years. The cause had to be an ancient one. My only choices were undersea earthquakes, volcanic explosions, or heavenly bodies impacting the ocean's surface near the whales.

I also figure that if I was right, there would be reports on the dangers of undersea earthquakes. One of the first articles I read was published by the US Navy in 1966. It was written by O.L. Martin, Jr. with the Maritime Safety Division at the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office and entitled UNDERWATER DISTURBANCES! It was all about the danger of seaquakes and undersea volcanic eruptions. Read it here (link). While you are doing it, ask yourself if the shock waves and pressure disturbances mentioned by the US Navy’s Maritime Safety Division in 1966 might injure the sinuses of marine mammals, the air pockets in the ears of sea turtles, or the swim bladders of fishes. You don’t need to read too carefully. Just look in the left column of page 59 where the article clearly states that: “MARINE LIFE CAN BE DESTROYED BY A SEAQUAKE.”

Also notice on the last page where the article informs: “Damaging seaquake…The ship may be thrown about in the water with such force that mast, booms, superstructure and machinery as well as the hull may be damaged. It is possible for seams to be opened to such an extent that flooding cannot be contained and the vessel sinks.” 

Keep in mind that this is an exact quote published in 1966 by the US Navy’s very own Maritime Safety Division! The US Navy said point blank that seaquakes could kill marine life and open seams and sink ships. Do you need to hear it from a better authority?
In 1967, US Navy Ensign Frank P. Rossi, assigned to the Environmental Science Services Administration, Washington, D.C. published an authorized article entitled Seaquakes: Shakers of Ships. These four pages will blow your mind. Read them (one, two, three, four).
I wasn't overly suspicious of man-made noise because I could not understand why a healthy whale or dolphin would swim too close to such dangerous clatter and get injured. I reasoned that the slightest sinus pain from a loud noise would turn them away. Then it dawned on me that maybe if their biosonar system was already damaged by a natural undersea upheaval before they got close to the air gun or the sonar, they would not know which way to swim to avoid new injury on top of the old. In other words, seaquake pressure changes would set them up for a sonar hit or a blast from an air gun array.

I wondered why the US Navy could not see such a possibility so I wrote Donald R. Schregardus, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy in charge of environmental affairs (link) and told him to make sure that the Navy did not use their powerful sonar downstream from undersea upheavals that might have previously damaged the biosonar system of an entire pod of whales. There have been no mass strandings blamed on sonar since, but Donald R. Schregardus never even acknowledged getting my letter. As I look back now, I realized the US Navy already knew violent seismic eruptions on the seafloor caused serious barotrauma in the cranial air pockets of diving whales. But Schregardus didn't want to discuss it with me because nature injured diving whales in the same way as their high-powered sonar. The same applied to air guns, and underwater explosives. 

They’d rather ignore me than to admit barosinusitis is a big problem in the most prolific divers the world has ever known. Funny thing is that whale scientists have never investigated sinus barotrauma in toothed whales. It's strange that the most common injury in US Navy divers has never been ruled-out in stranded dolphins or seals, and other marine mammals. Nor have whale scientists ever found evidence of sinus barotrauma in all the necropsies they've done. And they never talk about it. 

Why? Sinus barotrauma is obviously a taboo subject for any scientists seeking a grant from the Navy or the oil industry! How can a scientists study the greatest divers the world will ever know and not wonder about a diving-related pressure injury in marine mammals? That they don't study barotrauma is a dead give-away to a cover-up! 

Another reason is likely because the secret sonar units now under development will make the old sonars seem like bathtub toys. The US Navy has got to save us from our enemies even if they have to kill off the oceans to do it. Their business in killing, not saving whales.

On the other hand, the Navy and the oil industry did help set up DNA Banks for endangered marine life, including whales and dolphins. They started back in 70's at the University of Texas.  

The program has been expanded. We now have DNA banks for all sorts of endangered animals consist of samples of sperm, ova, embryos, tissue samples, and serum. These biological materials are frozen in liquid nitrogen at -196°C or -373°F, where they can be maintained indefinitely. About a dozen zoos and conservation groups around the world have been collecting genetic material from endangered animals and preserving it. The goal of this type of collection is to preserve information stored in the genetic material of animals that may not exist in the future. This material contains information about the biochemistry, physiology, and even the environment in which the animals existed. In this fashion, if the Navy or the oil industry destroys the marine environment, they can replant all this DNA and everything will be back to normal in a few hundred years. Well maybe not, but that's their plan anyway.

Now back to whale strandings.  

I wondered if whales that suffered sinus barotrauma could recover, and if so, what would they need? Since they get all their fresh water from the food they eat, they would need to keep eating fish and squid to stay hydrated during their recovery. If they didn't eat while getting well, they would strand on some beach somewhere with nothing in their stomachs but non-digestible squid beaks and hard bony part of fish ears. And they'd be super dehydrated.

This is exactly what we see now but whale scientists just shrug it off saying that stranded whales must be barfing everything up except the squid beaks and ear bones of the fish. Damn, I wonder how they toss their cookies and still hang on to the squid beaks and fish ears?

If the lying whale scientists would come clean, we could figure out to within a few days of when stranded whales first suffered sinus barotrauma by closely examining the stomach contents. If we knew how fast certain food items dissolved in stomach acid, we would know when the whales got injured and when they stopped feeding. Then we could trace back upstream from the beach, based on the speed of the current and the downstream swim speed of the injured animals, and actually find the upheaval that had injured them.     

On the other hand, if they ate during the recovery period, they could stay hydrated and take in enough nourishment to keep their immune systems working. But if they couldn't dive, how could they eat? 

As it turns out, dehydration and no food in their stomachs is the number one symptom in stranded whales. Of course, lately, more and more stranded marine mammals are showing up with garbage in their stomachs. If a stomach full of plastic garbage does not tell a whale scientist that their echolocation and identification sonar isn't working, then they are more stupid then even I think they are. Sorry, but the truth needs to come out. Whale scientists are not going to start telling the truth until the public starts calling them liars. The proof of this is in the fact that they have had the respect of the public for 50 years while lying all this time. In other words, if they get away with their lies, they will never be motivated to tell the truth. Most people don't lie because they don't want to called a liar.

Anyway, I reasoned that there must have been ten times more mass standings a few hundred years ago because there were ten times more pods of whales and dolphins roaming the mid-ocean ridges where all the earthquakes and volcanic explosions were occurring. I checked the history books and the old newspapers going back 200 years ago and found just the opposite ─ there were ten times fewer mass strandings in the 1700's and 1800's as they are today. On top of this, there were ten times more animals in each pod. 

Something was wrong with my model. The dumb scientists would say this was because there were fewer people to spot beached whales. But beaches were popular back then just like they are now. Instead of 30 on a particular beach in the 1800's, there is close to 3,000 now. Even if they didn't go to the beach, they could smell the dead whales for 25 miles away. And in the old days, all the popular beaching sites around the world were patrolled by folks looking to cut up whales and sell the meat and the oil. Stranded whales were big business all through the 1700's and 1800's. And the people were right to cut up the meat and sell it and eat it too because the whales were fatally injured and could not be saved. 

schools of small fish
A decade or two went by before it dawned on me. Wounded pods needed food and water to recover, but they could not dive and feed themselves because their sinuses were damaged. Then a light went off in my head. Several hundred years ago the oceans were teeming with massive schools of surface fish and squid all huddled together in nice tight balls a few feet below the surface. Some schools would be 3 or 4 city blocks in diameter. There were many millions of these schools right on top of the water. The lost whales could spy-hop (raise their heads out of the water and look around). They could spot birds feeding on the schools of small fish and swim towards them. Even though they had no sense of acoustic navigation, they could still swim to the diving birds by spy hopping.

They would see the school with their eyes, dive down a few feet, open their big mouths, and chomp down on a mouth full of fresh food. In this fashion, they could maintain their immunity and keep up their water balance. My guess is their sinuses would heal about three weeks later. They would be about 2,000 miles downstream and have no acoustic memory of the seafloor so they could not track back to their old feeding grounds. They had to find a new place to feed. 

In other words, natural undersea upheavals, instead of killing pods of whales 200 years ago, served evolution by spreading the species all around the world. Natural upheavals also thinned the pods feeding along the seismically active mid-ocean ridges, thereby preventing overgrazing on the squid breeding stock and other favorite morsels of the whales. Because these painful events were beneficial to the species, evolution had converted the danger into an advantage to serve survival of the species. Nature was balanced until humans came along with their gigantic factory ships and giant drag nets and stripped the shallow oceans of the once massive schools of small fishes and squids that the injured pods needed for recovery.

If we want to save stranded whales, we need to save them before they beach by putting an end to the giant purse seining nets that are towed over every square inch of the ocean's surface. Then, and only then, can the whales be saved and nature put back in balance. As it is now, we will be saying goodbye in another 30 years to all the pelagic toothed whales in the oceans. What a sad day that will be for our grandchildren and their offspring.

The lying government agencies and the whale scientists we salary are obviously working for the industries that are destroying our planet. Remember when doctors advertised cigarettes and when the tobacco industry paid for all the lung cancer research? You should also know that BIG PHARMA now controls the FDA. Special interest runs the damn world we live in. And we are fed a bunch of propaganda just to keep us pacified.   

Propaganda in the main tool of the lying scientists who are supported by the news media working for the same industries that are destroying our planet. The propaganda is designed to convince us they are working hard to save the environment. In truth, they are ones responsible for destroying it. No… I take that back. We are the ones destroying our planet because we believe the lying bullshit.

Propaganda would not work if we stopped paying attention to the media and held the scientists responsible for every single lie they told. Liars need to be exposed as liars. Only then will they be careful about the nonsense they spread.

There needs to be a non-profit group set up to expose lying scientists. Hum, now that I think about it, the Deafwhale Society should be the non-profit organization that exposes them.

In a way, we should feel sorry for the whale scientists that must work for the oil industry and the US navy because these two groups supply 97% of all the funds worldwide to study whales. 

Funny thing is that the two worst acoustical polluters of the marine environment are the ones financing all the research into the health of the most-acoustically advanced marine mammals our planet has ever known. But is that funny? Or, are we that stupid to allow it to continue?

One thing is for sure, every time I catch a whale scientists lying in a scientific paper, the deafwhale Society is going to publish the lie on the Internet. And we have set aside funds for our web site to be posted for the next 100 years. So, if you are a lying whale scientists, your great grandchildren will know all about your lies.

Capt. David Williams

Deafwhale Society

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