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Kauai Again: This Time it's Stranded Whales--Idiot Legislators Cook up Bizarre Conspiracy Theories
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 948 Views :: Environment, Military

What a bunch of morons….

POSSIBLE CAUSE OF PILOT WHALE STRANDING DETAILED AT HOUSE COMMITTEES BRIEFING

State, federal agencies investigate if rat poison, sonar linked to deaths of five whales

From Hawaii House Democratic Caucus, Nov 28, 2017  (With editorial comments in parenthesis to induce accuracy.)

Honolulu, Hawaii – During a House of Representatives informational briefing today to discuss research conducted and findings regarding the stranding of 17 pilot whales on Kauai in October, state and federal agencies told lawmakers they are looking into rat poison and sonar as potential causes of the deaths of five whales.

(They don’t know which conspiracy theory to pander to so they include both.)

Rep. Chris Lee (Kailua, Waimanalo), chair of the Energy & Environmental Protection committee and Rep. Kaniela Ing (Kihei, Wailea, Makena), chair of the Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs, held the briefing after hearing public and cultural concerns about the stranding of the whales

(Told you they were pandering.)

“It’s important that we look into these type of stranding to see what effects human pesticides, debris and noise have on the wildlife in our oceans,” said Rep. Lee. “And to see what can be done to prevent this type of thing in the future.” 

David Schofield, the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Region Office, said there has been an increase in strandings over time due to stress from pollutants in the oceans.

“What we use on the land ends up in the sea,” Schofield said.

(Yes.  That’s why the ocean is salty.  Maybe we should ban salt.)

Rep. Ing asked about the possible cause of this stranding.

“When marine mammals strand themselves it’s usually a signal that something in our environment is out of sync,” said Ing (wrongly). “Hearing from experts provides valuable information as we decided how to address this issue and prevent further harm. We are confident that NOAA and the other agencies will work on finding a solution and also do so by respecting the native Hawaiian community’s rights to malama and repatriate the mammals after they have completed their work.”

(Traditionally, Hawaiians ate whales.  They were delicious.)

Kristi West, a Research Scientist and an Affiliate Faculty member at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, said possible causes include sickness, social bonds, bio toxins, marine debris, tidal changes and noise that effect the animal’s inner ear such as sonar.

(At least she mentioned some causes that are not conspiracy theories.  She will probably be reprimanded for this.)

West, who directs necropsy and cause of death investigations when whales and dolphins strand throughout Hawaii, said tissue samples and the stomach content of the animals will be analyzed to help determine the cause of death for these animals.

West’s area of expertise is focused on understanding causes of mortality and what factors threaten the survival of the 20 different species of dolphins and whales found in Hawaiian waters.

Kauai Representative Dee Morikawa (Niihau, Lehua, Koloa, Waimea), who witnessed the stranding, asked if there could be any link between the pilot whale beaching and the recent dropping of rat poison on nearby Lehua Island.

(Question: Do you know how big the ocean is?  Lehua Island is 40 miles away from Nawilwili Harbor where the stranding took place.)

“I want to make sure we have an agency we can trust looking into this and getting the correct information out,” Morikawa said. “I’m so suspicious there will be a cover up. It’s too coincidental that so soon after the rat poison is dropped, we have this stranding. These whales eat the squid that may have eaten the poison dropped in the ocean. That is what I suspect happened.”

(Did you know that smoking medicated marijuana causes paranoia?  That is what I suspect happened.)

West said she is also anxious to determine a cause of death, but it will take about six weeks to get test results back from the laboratories. The results will be shared with lawmakers, she said.

(Just in time for opening day of the next Legislative session!)

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka (Wailua Homelands, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao) asked if the squid and other food eaten by the whales will also be tested for poison. West said now that she is aware of the possibility of the rat poison be passed on by ingesting the squid, it will also be tested.

(A bong can be passed around too.)

Tokioka asked if there was any evidence that the whales had been harmed from acoustic trauma from sonar.

Schofield said there is no evidence so far and that the U.S. Navy reported no training taking place using sonar within five miles and 24 hours of the stranding.

(Don’t worry, they will keep on blaming the Navy.  BTW did you know that no whale stranding has EVER been blamed on sonar systems used by non-military craft?  IQ Test: Is that an indictment of the military—or the hypesters?)

West said there is a population of about 19,500 pilot whales in the waters within 200 miles of the Hawaiian Islands and on average, one pilot whale dies from stranding a year.

In this case, 17 pilot whales were beached, five died and the rest returned to the open ocean.

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Background:

October 20, 2017: Enviros Still Can’t Figure Out How to Blame Military for Kauai Whale Stranding

October 30, 2017: Eco-Lawyers Use Kauai Whale Stranding to Blame Military Even As They Acknowledge They Have No Evidence

November 27, 2017: DLNR: Did Anti-Ratbait Activists Kill 45 Mullet?

November 27, 2017: SA: Morikawa said she’s concerned that any linkage of the whale stranding to the rat poison will be “covered up.”

November 27, 2017: KGI: Idiot Legislators Try New Conspiracy Theories

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