A pod of 40 pilot whales were spotted in shallow waters near the offshore wind turbines off the Essex coast.
Observers said they appeared to be stressed and disorientated – one wale was found dead after the incident.
Insufficient research had been done on the effect of off-shore wind installations and their substructure on both of seabirds and under sea species. Marine animals are known to be affected by the noise of piling in the construction phase and it is not unreasonable to suggest that vibration and noise will not have some adverse effects. Noise travels further and can be amplified in water. What has not been adequately studied is the effect of EMF (Electro Magnetic Filed) waves from hi voltage cables buried just below the sea bed. Whales, Dolphin and Porpoises are known to navigate by electro magnetic methods.