Environmental activists are attributing an unusually high number of beached dolphins reported in the Aegean Sea in recent weeks.
According to the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, a total of 13 stranded dolphins were found up until Wednesday. Six were on Samos island, close to Turkey’s coast. The actual death toll is believed to be higher.
Necropsies have revealed that the dolphins, most of which were young, showed no sign of disease or serious injury.
Scientists of the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation warn that sound waves from military-grade sonar can kill or otherwise impair marine mammals.They believe that this is due to the exercises that the turkish marine force is currently using multi-grade sonar devices, without knowing for sure. This assumption is based on the fact that the augmentation of the dolphin’s deaths coincide with the augmentation of these exercises.
Even the cause of death is not known for sure. The scientist of this particular Institute base their opinion and speculation on the work of Dr. Alexander Frantzis who claimed that in 1996, 13 wholphins were found dead near Kyparissia due to the usage of sonar devices by NATO, claims that were rejected. The same thing happened in 2000 in Bahamas, in 2002 and in 2004 at Canary Islands and finally in 2006 NATO was obliged to review the false usage of sonar devices that were applied to all the countries that take part to the Alliance, Turkey being one of them.
We can’t know for sure what is the cause of the sudden deaths of the dolphins. We can only try to protect them by contributing to the centers that help marine life, by making donations and/or volunteering.