Well, some scientists have come to the conclusion that sonar use is linked to whale strandings, and others have determined that the sonar actually gives them the bends, and can even cause organ damage for deep-divers. Oh, these guys too.
I haven’t personally read any of the studies, though; I just googled “sonar whales” and read what articles popped up under semi-legitimate sources.
If the Chinese promise not to buy any more attack submarines from the French and all other nations we might ever be in conflict with, including China, agree and adhere to never putting another sub in the water, then we’ll stop using sonar.
Until then, whut? Keep pinging those contacts, squids.
Except it isn’t about using sonar, it’s about using sonar in training camps when whales are spotted nearby, not when the submarine is actually active, and they didn’t try to get sonar banned completely. That doesn’t sound unreasonable to me.
Actually, it was about shutting sonar down during training exercises in open sea. Where would we theoretically have them practice fleet coordination and sub hunting, to avoid whales? Keep in mind travel times from various naval bases on the west coast. Me, I’d rather them be prepared.
I was of the same opinion as well until I saw a program a few years back addressing this issue. It showed whales going apeshit in the vicinity of a Navy ship using its active sonar damaging their ears and brains. The active sonar is more of a continuous screeching sound rather than a simple ping as popularized in movies.