Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V5.0-4 #13738) id <01HXQ420INTS8Y4XG9@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU> for whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU; Thu, 16 Nov 1995 21:09:07 -0400 (EDT) Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 20:43:58 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Case Study: ATOC and Whales (humpbacks II) To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <951116204358.8ac9@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 16-NOV-1995 14:32:12.56 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Dead whales and ATOC press release Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 12:20:47 AST Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: Hal Whitehead/Lindy Weilgart <HWHITEHEAD@Kilcom1.UCIS.Dal.Ca> Organization: Dalhousie University Subject: Dead whales and ATOC press release X-To: Marmam@uvvm.bitnet To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> I have just received Scripps' press release as well as heard about articles in various newspapers (San Francisco Chronicle, etc.) in which Scripps ATOC office is maintaining that "it appears all three whales died prior to the installation of the ATOC source" and "there is no indication that the deaths of the whales are in any way connected with ATOC". Furthermore, the press release is clearly slanted to imply that the dead humpbacks were found before ATOC "officially" started its broadcasts. Buried in the third paragraph, we finally discover, if we read carefully, that, oh yes, "a few engineering tests of the source were required during installation." In fact, the source was on about 12 times over a period of roughly 6 days! I find such statements by Scripps irresponsibly premature and wholly unsubstantiated. Remember, no autopsies have been conducted on any of the whales, and rough estimates of the window of time of death for all 3 whales include when the ATOC source was on. There is no mention in the press release that Scripps failed to clearly inform the Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) investigators (who apparently were conducting "pretrial" control surveys!) that the source would be broadcasting. Remember also that, legally, the MMRP is in control of the sound source.