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October 2000

Low Frequency Active Sonar Killing Whales, Dolphins


Low Frequency Active Sonar (LFAS) is in the process of being deployed worldwide by the US Navy and NATO to supposedly detect enemy submarines. Recently, the use of high intensity sonars has been associated with massive strandings of cetacean in the Bahamas.

Several species stranded and each of those who died were discovered through necropsies to have experienced trauma which damaged their ears and eyes where membranes had ruptured and there was bleeding. This tragic incident coincided with acoustic testing in March of 2000. In direct contrast to these unnerving events, the Stop LFAS Worldwide Network was involved in litigation in Federal Court. Stop LFAS Worldwide Network filed the paperwork on February 29th along with 10 other plaintiffs all represented by Attorney, Lanny Sinkin.

In the midst of the litigation efforts while trying to compile further information about these latest strandings, the Stop LFAS Worldwide Network was recognized by the Earth Society Foundation & received an Earth Day Award; which is both a global honor and responsibility.

While the US Navy has not disclosed actual sound levels, it is known through published articles that NATO has been using sound applications called Time Reversed Acoustics which use a playback method to make the underwater sound so focused and so powerful that it can kill and maim whales, dolphins and sea life.

It would be useless to compare this sound to another man-made non-explosive noise in another medium because the attenuation of this disruptive force continues many hundreds of miles. And now with Time Reversed Mirroring techniques being employed, the combined background chaos serves as a greater method of focusing the noise at a distance. This is "sound" but it is most useful to think of it as "power."

Stop LFAS Worldwide is an organization to bring public awareness internationally to save our oceans and our planet from this acoustic mayhem. Further information is available at http://listen.to/lfas (viewpoints).

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