“The SnotBot is a small drone that can hover over a whale and then collect samples of snot, or whale blow [which] can reveal information about the whale’s DNA, metabolism, health, hormones and stress. …
This kind of non-invasive research is in stark contrast to the whale research undertaken by Japan, whose vessels have just left port once again to kill whales so that they can be dissected and supposedly studied for scientific reasons.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/06/whale-snot-secrets-revealed-by-flying-robot
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“In a May 2012 report on sonar use, the navy said acoustic sources and sonar more than 2.5 million times annually exposed marine animals to sounds considered ‘disturbing’, while around 500 times a year marine animals were exposed to sound levels that were considered to result in injury. … Even when stranding does not result, military sonar can cause hearing loss and internal injuries to marine mammals that results in death, even if the animal does not end up on shore.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/14/stranded-whales-ocean-navy-sonars)
‘National Security’ sounds awfully like ‘Irrational Cruelty’.
New Zealand’s “Maui’s dolphin population now stands at between 42 and 47 individuals. … Strikingly marked, with a dark, rounded dorsal fin that has been likened to a Mickey Mouse ear, … at the present rate, the dolphins may be extinct in 14 years. … The New Zealand government [is] beginning development of a five-year research plan for the species rather than taking immediate conservation action.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0605-kessler-mauis-dolphin-decline.html)
Preparation, development and authorisation of the five-year research plan is expected to take nine years.