Whale Mass Stranding

 How Seaquakes Cause Entire Pods of Pelagic Toothed Whales To Mass Strand themselves!

by Capt. David Williams

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How Seaquakes Induce Sinus Barotrauma in Diving Whales

The sudden force that causes the rocky seabed to jerk about during undersea earthquakes is not a massive single blow, but a series of wrenching snaps, as millions of tons of rock, twisted and strained out of shape by an accumulation of forces slowly exerted over centuries, suddenly lurches back toward an alignment that relieves the stress. If these snap backs are aligned in the vertical plane, and if the focal point of the quake is near the rock-water interface, the rocky seabed will dance up and down violently, pushing and pulling at the bottom of the water column like a gigantic US Navy sonar transducer. This sudden up and down piston-like motion, sometimes lasting a minute or more, generates a series of low frequency pressure waves (extreme changes in ambient water pressure) that is directly related to the rate of acceleration (speed) of the jerking motion, not so much to the magnitude of the quake. This is so because slower motion allows time for the water to flow to the sides before any great pressures build.

When a single snap back pushes vertically, a sudden increase in ambient pressure is generated in the water above the epicenter. During a shallow magnitude 6 seaquake with rapid acceleration, the surge in pressure might reach ~2,000 pounds per square inch (psi) above ambient. When the seabed suddenly shifts back to its non-disturbed position, the downward jerk, creates a negative pressure pulse called a rarefaction phase.

Said differently, when the rocky seafloor dances violently during an undersea quake, the dancing motion generates intense low frequency (LF) hydroacoustic compressions and decompressions that travel 1,500 meters per second towards the surface. The average frequency of these longitudinal waves is 7 cycles per second (7 hertz).

These seismically-generated pressure disturbances are commonly known as seaquakes. Scientists call them T-phase waves.

How Sinus Barotrauma Causes Biosonar Failure

Low frequency hydroacoustic compressions and decompressions (seaquakes/t-phase waves) above the epicenter of a seabed earthquake would be experienced by a pod of whales or dolphins on a feeding dive as a powerful series of rapid changes in the surrounding water pressure.

During exposure to fast changing (~7 cycles per second) diving pressures, the volume of air contained in the flexible air chambers of their cranial air spaces increases and decreases in lockstep with the ongoing pressure oscillations.  While the volume of air is rapidly fluctuating, the nearby non-compressible bones, internal organs, muscles, fat, and blood retain their normal size.

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Extremely rapid expansions and deflations at the membranous interface between the flexible air spaces and the stationary anatomical parts establishes shearing forces that can easily induce barosinusitis, barotitis media, labyrinthine fistula, and other pressure-related diving injuries similar to sinus barotrauma, the most common injury in human scuba divers. (31 medical abstract on barotrauma)

Moreover, the air contained inside their cranial air sacs, which are situated in the space between and around their two cochleas, serves to isolate one inner ear from the other, and to reduce the perceived level of the animal’s own echo navigating clicks. This acoustic isolation of the two ears is especially important underwater because sound travels almost 5 times faster than in air. Having two independent ears means that odontoceti hear in full stereo. Without stereoscopic sound reception, the fantastic echolocation and echonavigation system of toothed whales would not function. Even interference in one ear would defeat their use of echoes. Biosonar requires two balanced independent receptors.

Since their cranial air spaces function both underwater as acoustic mirrors and to isolate one cochlea from the other, a single tear in one sinus or air sac could easily result in the dysfunction of echolocation and echonavigation. 

This researcher is not the only one to suggest an injury in the cranial air sinuses and air sacs would destroy echonavigation in toothed whales. Dr. Peter Purves, the famous whale curator at the British Museum of Natural History wrote: “It is very easy to imagine a condition in which the air-sac system has broken down, so that it is no longer reflecting, and, with the isolation of the essential organs of hearing disrupted, the animal may lose its sense of direction.”  (link)

Seaquake-injury can not be seen at the beach; however, close visual observation would show that the whales are clearly disoriented. Now watch this short video: Notice the whale scientists saying the healthy pod follows a sick pod mate to the shore because they are so much in love with each others. This is not true and might even by a purposeful fabrication. (see whale scientists lying about strandings)

Click here to read a more detail accounting of navigation failure brought on by seaquake-induced barotrauma in deep-diving pelagic toothed whales and dolphins.

Surface Currents Guide Lost Whales to Sandy Beaches

Pods unable to use their biosonar to navigate the open sea would be as lost as a group of blind sailors washed overboard during a storm. To understand the movement of a lost pod, we need to model their swim path. To do so, let’s imagine a lost pod of seaquake-injured dolphins milling around at the surface during a calm sea.

The first thing we need to know is that water is 830 times more dense than air. Imagine closing your eyes and walking straight into hurricane force winds. You would be quickly turn by resistance and pointed downwind. The same applies in water; but the force is 830 times stronger. Swimming into a 3-knot current while blindfolded is about the same as walking straight into a hurricane.

But let’s be a bit more scientific. We know from Newton’s first law that thrust is required to cause our pod to move through calm waters. If thrust was the only force applicable, our lost pod would continuously accelerate. However, this never happens because thrust is always countered by drag forces pushing back against the forward motion of our dolphins. The faster our pod swims in a calm sea, the greater are the drag forces trying to slow them down.

But rarely is the ocean calm so we must consider the flow of the surface currents. If the current flows in the same direction as our pod is swimming, drag forces are greatly reduced making it much easier for them to swim downstream. On the other hand, if our pod is swimming upstream against the current, drag forces increase drastically. However, because our lost pod has no guidance system or visual reference point to focus in on, they will not be able to hold any particular compass heading against increasing drag forces. This means that the drag forces will increase more and more as they swim directly into the flow. Bottom line is that drag, without any awareness by the whales, will quickly turn our lost pod and point them downstream in the path of the fastest current stream. In other words, drag force will constantly keep lost dolphins pointed head first downstream in the current filaments moving the fastest.

Said again, if lost whales swim in major current, like the Gulf Stream, they will be guided into the fast lane. They would also be directed inshore whenever this filament broke off from the main stream and moved inshore towards a land mass.

If you live near a coastline, you can tell when these filaments come in close to shore; the water turns a much deeper, cleaner-looking blue because these offshore water are indeed cleaner and clearer than coastal waters. You might see these waters at mass beachings if you arrive soon after the event occurs.

Our lots pod might also be spun around and around for long periods of time inside the current eddies that sometimes break off from the main stream.

If current carries them too close to a land mass at the same time the tide is rising and the wind is blowing towards shore, they will be washed to the beach.

Geographical land masses that extended out to sea with a hook-shape that opposes the flow of the usual current, like Cape Cod in the USA and Golden Bay in New Zealand, would serve as sand traps for lost whales moving with the flow.

Moreover, our pod is far more likely to strand on a beach because the surface currents guiding them is the same energy that carries each grain of sand to build and maintain the beach. In other words, the same energy that builds beaches carries the non-navigating whales thereto.

Imagine how our lost pod might feel. They can hear each other, but they have no acoustic sense of direction. If they want to see around them, they must raise their big heads high out of the water and do what scientist call spyhopping. Below is a video showing seaquake-injured pilot whales milling around in a calm current and raising their big heads out of the water, trying to use their eye sight to find a way back to deep water. Spyhopping is common for pods on their way to beaching. They obviously know their biosonar has failed.

On rare occasion, when storms caused an extraordinary strong shoreward flow, our pod might even be washed into a rocky coast. Or, our pod might get drawn in to a backwater lagoon through an inlet by the inrush of water during a rising tide. They’d find it almost impossible to locate the channel out once inside the lagoon. They would be left struck in the mud when the tide drops.

If pushed from the beach when the surface currents are flowing in towards the sand, the non-navigating whales and dolphins will be turned back to the beach by the shoreward flow, which is exactly what has been happening ever since man started pushing them off the beach. The rescue teams know that to get beached whales to swim back to deep water, the must release the acoustically blind whales when the tidal current is flowing out towards deep water. That beached odontoceti can not swim out to deep water when the tide is washing shoreward is a telltale sign indicating biosonar failure.

Rescue teams know there is no hope of getting the whales to swim back to deep water if the shoreward wind causes heavy seas and a strong shoreward flow. Whales with dysfunctional biosonar can not swim against even slight current, let alone heavy breakers. The only option for the rescue team is to load them on trucks and carry them to a distance beach where the wind and tide is blowing out to sea. The video below is a perfect example of the inventive ways rescue groups use to get blind whales to swim offshore to the waiting sharks.

If there is no flowing current, the whales will mill around in shallow water just as you see in the video below taken from a helicopter. It shows the whales swimming/milling around in a slack current. It is obvious that the lost pod has no idea which way to swim. 

The fact that stranded whales always swim downstream with the flow of the surface current is clear and unmistakable evidence of biosonar failure. The most logical explanation that fits with the million-year history of mass strandings is pressure-related sinus barotrauma induced by a natural catastrophic event in their backyard. In the order of most likely first, barosinusitis in odontocetes is caused by seaquakes, violent volcanic eruptions, underwater explosions, navy sonar, oil industry airguns, and the rare time when a heavenly body slams into the ocean’s surface near a pod of whales.

Whale Scientists Ridicule the Seaquake Theory

They repeatedly say that healthy toothed whales strand during heavy seas because the incoming waves kick up the sand causing acoustic interferences with their biosonar signals. Or, when its flat calm, they say biosonar does not work on a gradually sloping beach. Both concepts are easily refuted. Odontoceti are smart. They would have learned many millions of years ago not to swim near a beach when the waves kick up the sand and block their navigation. They are not stupid animals. Dolphins will not even jump over a rope floating on the surface because it distorts their biosonar. These mammals have thrived for 50 million years in stormy seas and would instinctively know to swim to deep offshore waters long before the storm kicked up. They would naturally avoid shallow beaches until the storm passes. If they didn’t, they would have gone the way of the Dodo Bird long ago.

Bet your life that healthy dolphins know how to have fun offshore during heavy seas.

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When scientists say that both sand and sloping beaches interfere with their biosonar system and cause strandings, they are admitting that biosonar failure causes beachings. The question is: why do they emphasize sand and sloping beach while excluding other obvious causes of biosonar failure like deafness and barotrauma? Why do we never hear a whale scientists talking about sinus barotrauma in odontoceti? These sea mammals have massive air sinuses and are the most prolific deep sea divers the world will ever known. I find it hard to believe these constant deep sea divers never suffer a diving-related pressure injury. To me, this is like saying man never stumps his toe.

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Study the pictures above and at the top of this page. These are typical mass beaching. Notice the raging sea in the background. You can tell that there is a strong shoreward wind setting up the breaking waves. You can also tell that the whales were washed up the beach by the high tide and left in the sand when the tide dropped. Obviously, the entire pods biosonar system failed for some reason.

And, as far as we know, these whales have been mass beaching for millions of years. The reason for this suicidal behavior must be something that has been happening long before man ever stepped foot on Planet Earth. However, never has even one single scientists been curious about a pressure-related sinus injury induced by natural catastrophic events, so common along the mid-ocean ridges where mass stranders feed themselves. Scientists avoid an investigation into excessive diving pressures generated by undersea earthquakes, volcanic explosions, or violent impacts of heavenly bodies with the surface of the ocean. I find it hard to believe that whale scientists are so dumb that they never became curious about the possibility of pressure-related diving injuries in the world’s most prolific divers.

They readily admit that changes in diving pressures induced by Navy sonar can cause beachings; however, they avoid sinus barotrauma as though this was a taboo topic. Instead, whale scientists say the whales were spooked by the sonar and swam to the surface too fast, causing bubbles to form in their blood. The stupid whales are responsible; they should know better than to surface so fast during US Navy sonar operations.

As you can tell, I believe there exist a conspiracy between the whale scientists and the US Navy, NOAA, NMFS, and oil industry to hide seaquake-induced barotrauma as the cause of mass beachings. (Read more about how whale scientists keep on lying to the public.)

We know the FDA is controlled by BIG PHARMA. Could it be that the US navy and BIG OIL control the thinking of whale scientists, especially those working for the government? These two groups contribute 97% of every dollar spent worldwide on whale research.  They also happen to be the leading acoustic polluters of the marine environment. They have the money and the need to control scientific thinking. What do you think?

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