Pathology: Whales, sonar and decompression sickness

  title={Pathology: Whales, sonar and decompression sickness},
  author={C. Piantadosi and E. Thalmann},
  • C. Piantadosi, E. Thalmann
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Arising from: Jepson, P. D. et al. 425, 575–576 (2003); Jepson repliesWe do not yet know why whales occasionally strand after sonar has been deployed nearby, but such information is important for both naval undersea activities and the protection of marine mammals. Jepson et al. suggest that a peculiar gas-forming disease afflicting some stranded cetaceans could be a type of decompression sickness (DCS) resulting from exposure to mid-range sonar. However, neither decompression theory nor… CONTINUE READING
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