by Capt. David Williams
(deafwhale at gmail.com)
Logic #1: Archaeologists tell us that whales have been mass stranding for millions of years. This means the reason must be something that has been around for an equally long time; however, it does not rule out modern causes of whale strandings if the results of ancient and the modern are similar. For example, we will show at this website that barotrauma in the cranial air spaces of odontoceti causes loss of echonavigation and eventual strandings. The ancient causes of this pressure-related sinus injuries are (1) undersea earthquakes, (2) volcanic explosions and (3) the violent impact of a meteorite with the ocean surface near a pod of diving whales. Modern causes of the same injury are (4) military sonar, (5) geophysical and oil industry airguns and (6) underwater explosions.
Logic #2: Whale scientists have cut up great numbers of whales to find out why they mass strand themselves but have found nothing to explain the mystery. They have never reported sinus barotrauma nor have they denied sinus barotrauma. In fact, they don’t even talk sinus barotrauma. As you will see below, the truth is that they are participating in a grand conspiracy to hide sinus injuries from the public to protect the two sources of 97% of their funding; the oil industry and the US Navy. Instead of telling the truth, whale scientists have advanced 50 to 60 worthless stranding theories, none of them involving sinus barotrauma, auditory trauma, or any other type of injury that might disable their ability to echonavigate. Let me say this again in simpler terms. Never has a whale scientist published a paper that might rule in or rule out the loss of echonavigation as the answer to the centuries-old mystery of why whales mass beach themselves. In addition, none of the 50 to 60 nutty theories they have advanced has ever become their lead theory, indicating the fallacy in all of them. But rather than admit they are part of a conspiracy to hide the truth, whale scientists have adopted the position that the reason none of their ideas have gained popular support is because whales are stranding for all of the 60 odd reasons they offer in their published papers, not just one or two. In other words, according to whale scientists, all of their theories are correct depending on the circumstances involved which vary greatly.
On the other hand, these same scientists, along with the save-the-whale rescue groups, do have one handy standby theory that they all rally behind. But this popular theory has NEVER been published in any science journal and never been tested in any scientific manner. Regardless that it appears to be hearsay, it is still the number one whale stranding theory with the rescue teams, scientists, media, and the public.
The scientists, bribed by grant money they get from the oil industry and the US Navy, want you to believe that whales strand because of their own stupid mistakes. Moreover, all the rescue groups worldwide want you to believe that the whales they push back out to sea are healthy. The rescue groups want you to believe the poor animals just made a slight error in judging the depth of the water. The certainly don’t want you to know the whales have no sense of direction and will likely be torn to pieces by sharks in less than a week.
Thus, the perfect fabrication for them is that healthy pod members love each other so much that they will follow a sick one to the beach and strand themselves accidentally. This idea also has great appeal to the US Navy, the oil industry, the geophysical survey industry, the media, and other acoustical polluters of the marine environment. They love it because it places the blame on the stupid whales for being so emotional over each other.
This nonsense also elicits sympathy for the passionate whales and lots of donations for the save-the-whale groups.
Look at the picture on the above. According to the rescuers, these pilot whales swam blindly into the rocky coast because they did not want to leave a pregnant mother alone during a difficult birth. First off, why would a pregnant mother come into a treacherous coastline to have her baby? Moreover, do you really believe that these alleged healthy pilot whales–who have used the most acoustically-superior biosonar system ever known to navigated the world’s oceans for the last 30 million years–swam into these sharp rocks, cut themselves all up, and died because they wanted to help the pregnant mother? The idea that these acoustically superior animals swim blindly into rocks for the sake of a sick pod member is the biggest whale lie you have ever heard. What fits the situation like a glove is that the entire pod had lost its sense of direction long before it neared the Scottish Coast (link).
Whale scientists often say stranded whales came in too close to the shore during rough seas. The breaking waves produce a lot of bubbles and kick up the sand, blocking their sonar. They also say that the sloping beach does not return a good echo. This won’t pass the test of logic because healthy odontoceti with a perfectly working biosonar will quickly turn and swim away from areas they cannot navigate. You would not continue on your journey if you suddenly went blind. On the other hand, if you were a whale that had previously suffered an injury that disabled your navigation, and vicious sharks were trailing behind you, then and only then would you continue forward.
Allow me to repeat: the most popular whale stranding concept, totally supported by whale scientists and whale rescue teams, is the one that takes all the blame away from the world’s worst acoustical polluters of the marine environment. These two groups are the same organizations that supply 97% of all the money spent worldwide to study whales. In other words, the money is nothing more than a bribe to direct the blame away from them. And to think that those taking these bribes are the very ones representing themselves as saviors of the whales.
Naturally, the concept of healthy whales following a sick family member ashore is number one with the rescue team in the above picture because it confirms that they were working hard to push healthy whales back out to deep water, not acoustically blind ones that would survive no more than a few days. And, because the only health issue for the whales is their social addiction to each other, the rescue teams are freed from any moral responsibility to worry about any medical conditions they might kill them. After all, under the follow-the-sick theory, only one whale is sick–the rest just accidentally got stuck in the rocks and everything will be fine as long as the rescue team can persuade them to swim far enough away so no one knows what happens to them over the next few weeks. They say they have satellite tags that prove the whale survive for a month or so, but how do we know the tag is not sending signals from the belly of the shark that ate it. Besides, if a liar lies about a prime issue, they will continue to lie to keep from being exposed.
Logic #3: There’s an obvious problem with the follow-the-sick idea. The only time rescues are successful is when the stranded animals are pushed off the beach at the same time the tidal currents are flowing out to sea. If pushed off when the tide is incoming, the acoustically blind refloated whales just turn around and swim with the flow straight back to the shore. The rescue teams need a rising tide to refloat the whales, but a rising tide is no longer needed once healthy whales are floating free. However, since all stranded whales beach because they have no sense direction, the rescuers need an out flowing tidal current to guide the lost whales to deep water. If the whales had a functional echonavigation system and knew where they were, once refloated, they would happily turn and swim from the shallows out to deep water regardless of the flow of the surface currents. But, as I said above, so-called “rescued whales” never swim out to sea unless the surface currents are flowing away from the beach. Instead, the rescue teams must wait 10 to 20 minutes longer until after the rising tide has reached high-water and then starts to flow towards deep water. Only then will the refloated animals slowly swim away from the beach on their own. Said differently to drive home the point, if the tidal flow is not washing out to sea, the whales never leave the shallow water. In fact, if strong winds drive the surface currents towards shore and overcome the outflow of the tide so that the current is still flowing towards the beach, the rescue can not take place. That’s when the rescue teams bring out the big guns and long needles and kill the whales saying surf conditions were too nasty to save them.
The freed whales do not act like healthy whales that beached by accident. Rather, their behavior is identical to what we would expect from whales with no acoustic sense of direction. Said again. The exact behavior now witnessed during rescue operation is what we should expect from lost whales with no working biosonar system.
Don’t take my word for it. Watch stranding videos and study pictures. It is an absolute fact, a grand conspiracy to fool the whale-loving public has been ongoing for decades. Furthermore, because all stranded whales have no acoustic sense of direction, pushing them back to sea with the outgoing tidal flow without treating them is cruelty to animals and a horrible joke to play on the public. Who carries the most guilt? The scientists and the rescue teams taking the bribes, or the US Navy and the oil industry?
Logic #4: Another big problem with the follow the sick concept is that the same pod often beaches along a stretch of shoreline spanning 10 to 20 miles. If there was a sick one that the pod loved so much, the whales would swim ashore in a tight cluster like humans gathered around the graveside of a dead relative. How can scientists say healthy whales follow a sick one when the healthy one washes ashore 10 miles from the sick one? Another problem is that no scientist has yet identified any particular whale that is in worse condition than the others. The bribes caused them to “assume” one was sick and this was the reason for the stranding.
Logic #5: And here’s another oddity. Why is it that all the adult pod members are suffering severe dehydration and have no fresh food in their stomachs? This might be expected for the sick one, but why would all the healthy whales starve themselves because their pod mate is sick? The scientists seem to be telling us that out of 100 beached whales, 99 are healthy but refused to eat because one of their pod mates is sick.
The truth is that only the nursing young are hydrated and appear to be in much better health than the adults. This consistent finding suggests that all the adults stopped feeding at about the same time. This further suggests that the stranded pod had previously suffered some sort of diving accident that had knocked out their ability to dive, and use their echolocation to find food. Moreover, because the species that consistently mass strand reside in deep offshore waters several thousand miles from the beach, it is likely that whatever caused them to stop diving and feeding occurred far offshore in their deep water habitat. And, if the injury also knocked out their echonavigation, they would swim downstream in the path of least drag, which might easily guide them to a beach. Something of this nature would explain why they are near shore and not in deep water. And if they were injured far offshore, this rules out any sort of problem or difficulty associated with the shoreline.
Logic #6: Whales and dolphins that mass strand themselves are the most prolific divers our planet has ever known. They feed primarily on squid found in abundance along the 60,000-kilometer-long undersea volcanic mountain range known as the mid-oceanic ridge system, the most seismically active place on earth. Mid-ocean ridges serve as the epicenter for about 900 annual earthquakes averaging 5 magnitude. These events release the energy equivalent of the atomic bomb that flattened Hiroshima (15,000 tons of TNT-equivalent). When the seafloor is disturbed violently in the vertical plane, the dancing motion in the rocky bottom generates a series of rapidly fluctuating hydrostatic pressures known as seaquakes by older sailors and as T-Phase waves by modern seismologists. NOAA physicists (link) have calculated that the shock front generated by large seafloor earthquakes can obtain 100,000 pounds per square inch (6,000 kilobars). History books and newspaper archives reveal over 10,000 eyewitness reports of seaquake/vessel encounters between 1750 and 1950. Read this typical report (link).
Logic #7: What you are about to read is the most likely reason you don’t know much about seaquakes.
On December 15, 1968, after spending two weeks analyzing 10,000 photos of the wrecked nuclear submarine USS Scorpion laying on the bottom near the seismic hotspot known as the Azores Triple Junction, the US Navy issued a $2.7 million dollar contract to the Scripps Institution in San Diego to determine how seaquakes might sink nuclear submarines (link). They also requested a Seaquake Hazards Chart of the world’s oceans so that the other five seaquake-vulnerable Skipjack-class nuclear submarines might avoid being hit by seismic shock waves. In addition, they paid for a second study to better understand how seaquakes generate intense pressure changes (link). Obviously, if the 10,000 pictures of the wrecked Scorpion convinced the US Navy that a seaquake sank one of their nuclear attack submarines, my readers should find it easy to believe that these events can also injure a pod of toothed whales in a fashion that might disrupt their diving and feeding. In fact, the idea that seaquakes caused echonavigation failure and led to mass beachings was first suggested in South Africa in the 1930s (link). However, scientists of that period could not understand how an earthquake at sea could cause the loss of echonavigation in the entire pod so they favored the idea that the navigation failure occur only in the pod leader. This is the same nonsensical mistake that modern scientists rely on to support the idea that pods of healthy whales follow a sick one because they love each other so much.
Logic #8: Both the US Navy, and the whale scientists who beg money from them, obviously know that one of the greatest dangers deep-diving mammals face is exposure to a series of rapid and intense changes in diving pressures that exceed their ability to compensate. The injury from such exposure is called sinus barotrauma. Since air is highly compressible and flesh, bones, fat, and blood are not, the most likely part of a whale’s anatomy to suffer pressure-related injuries are the areas inside and/or next to their cranial air spaces (link). These pockets of enclosed air serve underwater to focus and channel returning echo-navigation clicks in order to enable odontoceti to use sound as their primary method of locating their food and navigating the world’s oceans. Small interconnected sacs of air also serve to isolate and insulate the left and right cochleas. This enables each ear to hear independently from the other as if the whales were wearing an expensive set of stereo headphones. Each ear must pick up sounds not heard by the other before their complex biosonar system will function. These animals also have a different set of air sacs surrounding the phonic lips they use to send out biosonar clicks. In other words, a barotraumatic injury in one of their many cranial air spaces might easily disable their biosonar system resulting in the complete loss of their normally keen acoustic sense of direction.Moreover, sinus barotrauma in an entire pod of toothed whales would cause great pain when they tried to dive and feed themselves. Even if they managed to dive, they would still not be able to echolocate their food. And, since these animals get all their fresh water from the fish and squid they eat, the finding of dehydration and no fresh food in their stomachs would be consistent with sinus barotrauma that prevented diving and finding their food. Since the nursing young remain on the surface with a babysitter during deep feeding dives, they would not be injured. They would still remain with their injured mothers, nursing from time to time, during the long odyssey to a distant beach.
Logic #9: Think about this over and over again. The two medical consistencies found in all beached whales are severe dehydration and only small bits of undigested squid beaks and the dense ear bones of the fish they eat. The whales get all their fresh water from their food so the severe dehydration is a sure sign that a beached pod has not fed in at least 2 to 4 weeks. The undigested beaks and fish ear bones are a dead giveaway that shows they stopped feeding. Of course, the whale scientists and the rescue teams can explain the empty stomachs. They say the whales vomited just before they went ashore. No one has ever witnessed whales puking. Nor has anyone ever seen whale puke. And, if they had vomited, the squid beaks and the fish bones would have come up with everything else. The only logical way to explain dehydration and no fresh stomach contents is a diving related injury that prevents feeding.
Logic #10: Here’s a neat surprise: assuming that the biosonar systems of each member of the diving pod was disabled at the same time by sinus barotrauma during a violent upheaval in the seafloor makes it very easy to figure out the direction that the pod would swim after they lost their sense of direction. It’s easy to sort out because everything floating or swimming on the surface of the sea, without a strong sense of direction, will always swim, float, or drift downstream because downstream is the path of least drag. Said differently, if any whale, dead or alive, is suffering from navigation failure, their travel path will also be in the same direction as the flow of the surface currents. It’s like water always runs downhill, anything and everything lost at sea will always travel in the path of least resistance. And since the flow of the water is the same energy that carries each grain of sand to build and maintain beaches, the odds become extremely high that lost whales will be guided to a sandy area. Said differently, the fact that whales usually land on a spot of sand is further proof that they have no acoustic sense of direction.
Logic #11: Regardless that whales dive to great depths to feed every day of their lives above the most seismically active zones on our planet, and regardless that the US Navy spent millions of dollars in 1968 to investigate the danger of seaquakes, no government on our planet has ever spent one thin dime to investigated how intense pressure changes generated during undersea earthquakes, volcanic explosions, or the violent impacts of meteorites with the ocean’s surface (link) might injure whales. And, no whale scientists has ever even apply for a grant to study natural undersea upheavals as a cause of whale injuries. They have never even mentioned the idea that whales might suffer a diving-related barotraumatic injury due to seismic exposure. Instead, they ignore natural catastrophic disturbances that are so common in the backyard of whales and dolphins that mass strand themselves. However, they don’t actually turn their back to natural seafloor disturbances. Rather, they just pretend not to know how such events relate to stranded whales.
The big question is why do they close their eyes to a logical answer to the centuries-old mystery of why whales mass beach themselves? One would think that if they really wanted to solve the mystery, they should at least rule out natural seafloor disturbances. I’d bet a dollar to a donut that the US Navy wants to keep seaquakes in the closet to keep you from learning the truth about the sinking of the nuclear submarine, USS Scorpion. (Read The Evidence For a US Navy Cover-up of the Scorpion Disaster)
Logic #12: Rumors have it that some scientists ignore natural seafloor catastrophic events because they believe that since toothed whales and dolphins have lived for millions of years in seismically-prone waters, these animals must have evolved ways to detect these events before they happened. Of course, no whale expert has ever published even a paragraph suggesting whales can detect earthquake precursors. However, this suggestion is more likely to be true than any idea they have ever advanced in the last hundred years. But why would a whale scientist not get excited by such an opinion? Detecting earthquakes in advance is the holy grail of seismology. The whale scientist that unravels how whales receive advanced warnings of a pending earthquake will win the Nobel Prize. We could use this knowledge to mimic the seismic precursors and scare whales away from military and oil industry activities. We could also use the same signals to predict earthquakes in advance and save millions of human lives. Wow… saving humans and whales at that same time. I love that idea.
But the US Navy and the oil industry first needs to stop wasting money bribing whale scientists and rescue groups. They need to admit that whales have lost their sense of direction and spend money funding research to find out how whales have thrived for 30 million years in the most seismically active areas on Earth!
In fact, I believe I already know how whales do it and doubt that the current bunch of whale scientists are smart enough to solve the puzzle without my assistance. And, if I’m right, I also know why relying on seismic precursors fails 10% of the time. It’s well known that evolutionary adaptations are never perfect. On the other hand, I am certain that whales can accurately detect major and strong earthquakes weeks in advance since these events always give off strong precursor signals.
In the 50 years I’ve researched strandings, I have never been able to associate a beaching with a quake above 7 magnitude. It’s the moderate 4.7 to 6 magnitude extremely shallow-focused event that catch the whales by surprise. These are events in which the detectable precursors are not emitted until it’s too late for the whales to take evasive action.
How whales deal with seismic seafloor upheavals is an extremely fascinating topic that needs desperately to be explored by hundreds of honest scientists before we kill off the very animals that could teach us how to save millions of human lives.
The worst case of bad karma I have ever witnessed is due to Japanese fishermen killing the very whales that could save so many of their own citizens. It’s so plain to me. The coast of Japan is home to great populations of whales and also serves as the epicenter of some of the most violent earthquakes in the history of our planet. But the great whales move out of the way weeks before the big earthquakes. There is even anecdotal evidence that they swim as far away as Alaska. For the Japanese government not to understand how great populations of whales survive in their seismically-active coastal waters is a great sin committed against all Japanese citizens. Somebody, please tell the Japanese people to stop killing the very animals that can save so many Japanese lives.
Issue #13: Another reason for a cover-up likely involves the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act. The 1972 version contained 17 special clauses guiding that the Secretary of Commerce must protect whales according to the “best available scientific information.” The Endangered Species Act includes similar clauses, just worded differently. In other words, before these laws can protect endangered marine life, there must be a scientific consensus that a suspicious cause of injury is indeed dangerous. Sinus barotrauma caused by a concussion from a seaquake, powerful sonar, airgun, and/or explosion is most likely the number one injury is all diving marine mammals, fishes, and sea turtles. There are two recent papers that discuss barotrauma. One by Dr. Darlene Ketten, the US Navy’s lead ear specialists. She states that:
Little is known on the effects of intense sounds and concussive forces on hearing in water for virtually any species. Evidence from human divers is largely anecdotal and often contradictory. There are few audiograms for marine mammals and no published data on temporary or permanent threshold shifts. Thus, at this stage, there are no direct measures of underwater acoustic trauma for any marine mammal and detailed descriptions of the ear are available for fewer than 20% of cetacean and pinniped species. (see bottom of page 1 of this link)
This scientific statement alone shows that there is no “best available scientific information” on barotrauma so there are no teeth in the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The US Navy and oil industry can do whatever they please and nothing can be done to stop them. To protect our whales from sinus barotrauma will require a thorough investigation that might take up to 20 years if the US Navy and the oil industry has anything to say about it. Even after 20 years, scientists might still not arrive at a conclusion. One group could offer positive evidence while another group counters with a different opinion. Both groups get paid for keeping the argument rolling. For example, you and I know that a deaf whale is a dead whale. On the other hand, whale scientists are still debating whether or not dolphins are deaf from old age, chemical pollution, antibiotics, man-made explosives, airguns or military sonars. Their position now is that most stranded coastal water dolphins beach because their biosonar quits working due to their advancing age (link). They also prefer to sidetrack deafness by talking about temporary threshold hearing shifts in exposed animals. In other words, deaf dolphins will recover their hearing in 3-4 months if they don’t die first. It’s enough to make a marine mammal conservationists mad as hell.
There’s more. One of the favorite scams of the rescue team on Cape Cod is to attach a microphone to the jaw and a probe to the skull of a beached odontoceti to see if its brain registers any electrical impulses sent by a single cochlea. If so, they say the animal’s hearing is intact. This machine records a brain wave response to sound. These tests are a cruel deception played on the public. The machine can prove unilateral hearing loss only. Under no circumstance can such testings prove that echolocation and echonavigation are both working as God intended. The use of echoes requires two balanced ears. Thus, the only way to prove a working biosonar involves testing in a pool after months of training a captive animal to respond properly. To make matters even worse, you can never train a deaf whale to respond to a sound they cannot hear.
Cranial air spaces are much easier to injure than the protected inner ears. Regardless, whale scientists deny any awareness of sinus barotrauma both in toothed whales and endangered sea turtles. They see no sinus barotrauma, hear no sinus barotrauma and speak no sinus barotrauma.
If I’m right, it’s not earthquakes they are covering up — it is sinus barotrauma.
As it now stands, NOAA Fisheries scientists can and do ignore barosinusitis in preparing environmental impact statements for the US Navy and the oil industry. Said differently, the Marine Mammal Protection Act is the primary legislation protecting the principal acoustic polluters, not the poor whales. Obviously, back in 1972, the government lawyers that lobby to insert the 17 “best available scientific information” clauses knew exactly what they were doing. And, since the US Navy and the oil industry control 97% of every dollar spent worldwide on whale research, one can be assured that studies on biosonar failure due to sinus barotrauma will never be funded unless the whale-loving public rises up in revolt.
Logic #14: Why do the US Navy and the oil industry contribute 97% of all the research funds spent worldwide to study whales? Is it because they want to control the results? If so, why? They claim they must defend us from our enemies. But there are ways they could cause whales to move away from their dangerous activities if they would only listen to someone besides the scientists they bribe.
How Seaquakes Cause Whales To Strand (link).
The Truth About Why The US Navy Is Covering Up Undersea Earthquakes? (link)
Whale Scientists Lying About Why Whales Beach Themselves (link)
The Greatest Sea Mystery of all time SOLVED! (link).