Elaine Meinel Supkis
The 400 dead dolphins may have died because their brains were blasted by the new type of American sub sonar that is like a billion demons screaming inside of the dolphin's skulls. This sort of marine vandalism must stop. The USA claimed they must do this to "fight terrorists" except there are exactly ZERO terrorists undersea. We are the terrorists!
Scientists worked Saturday to try to determine why hundreds of dolphins became stranded in shallow waters and later washed up dead along the shore of a popular tourist destination on Zanzibar's northern coast.
Villagers and fishermen buried the remains of about 400 bottleneck dolphins - which live in deep offshore waters - whose carcasses washed up Friday along a 2.5-mile stretch between Kendwa and Nungwi.
Scientists suspect the animals were disturbed and stressed by some unknown factor or were poisoned before they died, said Narriman Jiddawi, a marine biologist at the Institute of Marine Science of the University of Dar es Salaam.
A preliminary examination of their stomach contents failed to show the presence of squid beaks and otoliths - the ear stones that are found directly behind the brain of bony fishes that are eaten by dolphins, Jiddawi said.
This indicates that the dolphins had either not eaten for a long time or had vomited very severely, she said.
Their general condition, however, appears to show that they had eaten recently since their ribs were not clearly visible under the skin.
I have hyper-sensitive hearing for a human. When I was young, I could hear those "silent" dog whistles. I can hear bats chittering and talking. Once, in downtown Troy, NY, my son and I clutched our ears and cried in pain as a fleet of bats flew wildly overhead. Other people on the street thought we were nuts. They heard nothing.
So I have a lot of sympathy for those creatures who live using sonar. Back when stores first used similar systems to stop shoplifters, it was turned on so high, the first time I encountered it at a mall, the sound reverberating off the glass doors, I passed out. When the ambulance came, I threw up. I was screaming with the pain!
By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press Writer Fri Apr 28, 2:58 AM ET
HONOLULU - The Navy's use of sonar during maritime exercises may have contributed to the mass stranding of more than 150 whales in Hawaii's Hanalei Bay two years ago, government scientists said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the finding — along with information from other studies — has led it to ask the Navy to reduce its sonar's power during exercises planned this summer in Hawaiian waters. It also asked the Navy to turn off its active sonar when the whales come within a set distance.
Those poor dolphins! If it is true that the US sonar destroyed their brains, dolphins don't throw up so easily, they gulp things down. For all 400 to eject their stomachs, violently, the contortions they went through as their brains were pounded to insanity.
For years and years, I have been very upset about the sonar situation. These splendid creatures who have just as much as right to live as us, dying, suffering, hearing the shrieks of a billion demons ringing inside their heads which amplify the sonar....this cruelty is so out of whack with our own needs! The excuse of looking for terrorists where there have been absolutely no terrorists takes the cake.
Kizimkazi Mosque & Dolphin Tour
Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins which can be a very rewarding experience. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and cultural reasons.
I have swum in the ocean with dolphins. Not at a resort, it is just that I swim a lot in the ocean and swim like a dolphin or a sea otter and so these animals approach me in a friendly way. They are truly blessed creatures, joyful, playful.