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More porpoises die in North Sea than normal

The Local · 14 Sep 2012, 10:31

Published: 14 Sep 2012 10:31 GMT+02:00

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Around 35,000 of the sea mammals tend to pass through Germany’s coastline each year and “this summer there have been striking amounts of dead harbour porpoises found,” North Frisian national parks spokesman Thomas Borchardt told the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper on Friday.

On the island of Trischen alone, the bodies of eleven harbour porpoises have been washed up over the past few weeks, added Moritz Mercker from the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU).

Other islands like Helgoland and Sylt, as well as along the Eiderstedt peninsular have seen unusually high amounts of the dead animals along their coastlines.

Neither Mercker nor Borchardt could explain why the numbers had risen this summer, but Borchardt did tell the paper that he suspects the animals could have died elsewhere and floated towards Germany.

The cause of death remains unclear for the majority of deceased harbour porpoises found over the summer.

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NABU is clear on one point though, that hundreds of the animals are killed by fishing in the North Sea each year.

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13:30 September 15, 2012 by Outlander
It seems there might be some submarines operating in this area recently...which government's are they though? Some studies have suggest that military sonar transmitted by submarines might injure or even kill dolphins and whales\. Other studies suggest that whales and dolphins may be beaching themselves to get away from the terrible noise. Of course "national security" will prevent the public knowing the truth for decades until records are released, if these government records are ever released at all.
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