East Coast Wind Turbine Whale Deaths and Common Sense

Starting at the end of 2016 the construction of the first United States offshore wind turbine project started at Block Island, Rhode Island. 
In 2017 a Humpback Whale washed up on the rocks in Jamestown, Rhode Island. The news media reported the stranding as a mystery scientist performed a necropsy and buried the whale. The story ends with it appears the whale was traveling too close to the Rhode Island coastline due to changes in the local waters. 
The media and scientists ignored that since January 2016 during the construction of the Block Island wind farm humpback whales were dying at an alarming rate. Prior years had no large increase in deaths. In 2016,  58 humpback whales died off the East Coast and five died in Rhode Island.
In 2017 Right Whales also increased its death rate to 17 those whale deaths were written off as ship strikes or fishing gear. This was also a dramatic increase in deaths.  
NOAA, National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration declared an unusual mortality event that has been extended into 2023.
According to NOAA, half of the whales in 2017 died of collisions with ships and the rest to this day remain a mystery. Now 23 whales have washed up near new ocean wind turbine construction on the East Coast since December 2022 with researchers, and scientists saying they were ship strikes but leaving the unknown deaths out of the equation. The mystery continues until further notice.  
Since the 1980s researchers and scientists found links between sonar and beaked whales stranding themselves on beaches. Whales perceive sonar and underwater construction as a threat and attempt to escape by accidentally running into ships or grounding themselves. 
First, ocean wind construction uses types of sonar to build ocean floor platforms for the turbines. The only common sense conclusion is whales perceive it as a general threat, and that triggers their decision to escape.
Second, whales use frequencies to communicate and navigate if their hearing is affected a deaf whale becomes a dead whale beaching itself or running into a ship. 
Lastly, Offshore wind has become a political agenda with around 100 billion being spent on construction. Offshore wind companies have passed out millions to cities, towns, and states all along the East Coast as well as the federal government passing out grants to research groups with ties to scientists and researchers whose jobs depend on those institutions receiving.  
In 2022 NOAA sent a memo to BOEM, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management about how sonar surveying and construction could hurt endangered whales. Basically, that is all the proof you need. The government is aware the turbines kill whales but is willing to sacrifice the whales for a political agenda.
At the end of February 2023, at least 30 New Jersey mayors are seeking a moratorium on offshore wind due to the massive increase in whale deaths.  
At this point, it is time to follow the money. If some so-called expert says the whale deaths are not happening because of the wind turbines we should look at their association with wind turbine companies, institutions profiting from federal grants, or state agencies pushing the Green agenda at any cost. 
These turbines were supposed to save the environment not destroy every marine mammal.  
Common sense shows that since 2016 with the construction of the Block Island, Rhode Island offshore wind project whale deaths have grown and happened around the locations of new construction. 
Wind construction is about to start 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Everyone could very well see whales washing up in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod beaches this summer. 
It's time to pause the construction. Everybody loves whales.

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Comment by Willem Post on March 12, 2023 at 7:37am

Well researched and written

Keep a spreadsheet of the dead whales, with dates, places, etc., and publish it.

Keep it coming , Frank


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