We all know what Wind Turbines do to birds and bats. We know what the sounds do to people that live near them with high pitched and infrasounds. Now there is another species that may be endangered, the darling of Greenpeace and all environmentals, something even more sacred than Polar Bears.
A new study is being started after multiple strandings by enormous humpback whales off the coast where new installations of offshore wind turbines have been placed. While here on land, the sounds from turbines are really only a problem within a mile or so as the air is not a very good conductor of sound, and the ground is only somewhat better. Water, on the other hand, is extremely conductive of both sound and electricity. Whales depend on sonar pings and sounds to travel and communicate and those sounds travel long distances. The sounds from wind turbines can travel just as far and would certainly be disruptive to whale herds near shore, where they feed and travel. It is also being studied that fish may also be affected by the sound, as they have swim bladders that may also be a problem.
Having spent many years on the coast of Massachusetts, having my own boat, seeing whales and spending time around them has been a delight. It is also a huge industry along the coast with whale watches. This revelation might just get the phony environmentalists who support wind power to change their tune.