The Obama administration has approved plans for underwater blasts to test for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. Marine ecologists say the plans will compound an already noise polluted ocean. Leila Hatch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told a Savannah audience that noise is bombarding marine life.
A federal judge says the Navy can build a $100 million offshore training range for submarine warfare despite environmentalists' concerns that it would threaten endangered right whales. A US District Judge ruled the Navy took a "hard look" before concluding risks to whales would be minimal off the coast of southern Georgia and northern Florida.
The whale appeared to be behaving normally, but researchers say, not many whales survive such wounds. There are only about 450 right whales in existence. They give birth in southern coastal waters but often find themselves in the path of ships and fishing gear than tangles and kills them there.