Cetacean stranding

Sperm whales beached at Skegness - Jan 2016

In a week where 29 whales have been stranded on Europe’s beaches we note little comment from Marine Agencies, the Governments or Offshore Wind. Certainly in these pages previously we have expressed concern from the desert like tracts below the Kent Offshore wind farm to the impact of piling and emf effect of all the undersea transmission cables. What has been identified is the large number of jelly fish, whole shoals in fact, that have been drawn to offshore wind farms. Some years ago I remember meeting with Marine Scotland and asking what research had been done. The answer at the time was none, reliance having been placed on marine biology consultation by developers and promoted by Renewables UK. Reality had however dawned and a survey had been commissioned at the time. Problem is that research of that nature takes many years and the reports so far produced raise more questions than they provide answers. Certainly promises of reef like conditions below turbines and fishing vessels meandering through wind farm has proved pure rhetoric with no fact. I have yet to see any post installation reports by developers but then did anyone really expect them. No doubt the Guardian and the BBC will blame the strandings on Climate Change. However only an open minded approach including the effect of sonar, emf and vibration will provide a balanced answer to the debate. Whales do strand and there have been massed beachings before where no wind farm were in existence. However the impact of offshore wind on mammals and all sea life must be understood.  As must be the effect on the sea bed, on underwater currents and on scour. So far little independent research has been published.

There is however an interesting report from Oregon that is worth consideration: http://oregonwave.org/news/impact-of-offshore-wind-farm-construction-on-marine-animals/


About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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One Response to Cetacean stranding

  1. Brenda says:

    Was talking to a friend about this and said I doubted if any scientists, who are currently investigating, will dare blame the offshore windfarms. How can they prove it even when it seems obvious? Maybe when all the birds, bats and cetaceans have been killed, the wildlife organisations will stop saying that climate change is the greatest threat.

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