US Navy training, testing may kill whales, dolphins: Studies
HONOLULU (AP) - US Navy training and testing could inadvertently kill hundreds of whales and dolphins and injure thousands over the next five years, mostly as a result of detonating explosives underwater, according to two environmental impact statements released by the military on Friday.
The Navy said that the studies focused on waters off the US East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California and Hawaii from 2014 through 2019, the main areas where it tests equipment and trains sailors.
The studies were done ahead of the Navy applying to the National Marine Fisheries Service for permits for its activities.
Most of the deaths would come from explosives, though some might come from testing sonar or animals being hit by ships.