Subject: Case Study: ATOC and Whales (Humpbacks found dead)

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 16 Nov 1995 20:31:22

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From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG>
Subject: Case Study: ATOC and Whales (Humpbacks found dead)
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Subj:	Dead humpbacks near ATOC source
Date:         Wed, 15 Nov 1995 13:34:28 AST
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From:         Hal Whitehead/Lindy Weilgart <HWHITEHEAD@Kilcom1.UCIS.Dal.Ca>
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Subject:      Dead humpbacks near ATOC source
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A total of three dead humpback whales were spotted off the Farrallon
Islands, in the broad area around the ATOC sound source.  The first
was found 3 Nov., and buried without autopsy.  The second two were
found floating 9 Nov.  These two were lost somewhere outside Santa
Cruz; one was last sighted Monday, Nov. 13, I believe.  The ATOC
sound source was first turned on during the night of Oct. 28, and was
broadcasting on 12 further occasions between 28 Oct. and 4 Nov.
Unfortunately, the Scripps oceanographers in charge of the ATOC
project had neglected to clearly notify the ATOC marine mammal
scientists that the source would be broadcasting, which was in
violation of agreed-upon scientific protocol.
Information on whether anyone has spotted humpback whale carcasses or
any other dead marine life near the Farrallons would be highly
appreciated.  Has anyone made any observations of toxic algal blooms
in this area?   Any comments (stranding patterns this time of year,
etc.) would be welcome.
Lindy Weilgart
Dept. of Biology
Dalhousie Univ.
Halifax, N.S. B3H 4J1 Canada