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Stranded...whales not reserves

Seismic sources and marine wildlife
This article appeared in Vol. 13, No. 6 - 2017

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Race to save 100 stranded whales on New Zealand beach - BBC
Whale rescue: Hope for surviving whales 'slowly slipping away' on Farewell Spit - NZ Herald

As reports that hundreds of pilot whales have become stranded on a remote New Zealand spit hit the headlines, people around the world are struggling to understand, Why? Anthropogenic pollution (noise or some other potential sensory disabler) or unfathomable natural phenomenon?

With multiple examples of similar strandings in recent years, this is not the first time that we at Geo ExPro have looked at the possible affects on Cetaceans and other marine wildlife, resulting from oil and gas industry activity. The extract that follows (from a longer article, link below), on the potential for disturbance to the marine realm resulting from seismic data acquisition, address' that very issue.

While the exact reasons for whales becoming beached in this way is unclear, this video may provide some answers.

Steve Whitehouse of whale-rescue.org describes how the whales get stranded. (Source: NZ Herald)

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