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Whales, sonar and decompression sickness

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, April 2004
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1 policy source
4 Wikipedia pages


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Whales, sonar and decompression sickness
Published in
Nature, April 2004
DOI 10.1038/nature02527a
Pubmed ID

Claude A. Piantadosi, Edward D. Thalmann


We do not yet know why whales occasionally strand after sonar has been deployed nearby, but such information is important for both naval undersea activities and the protection of marine mammals. Jepson et al. suggest that a peculiar gas-forming disease afflicting some stranded cetaceans could be a type of decompression sickness (DCS) resulting from exposure to mid-range sonar. However, neither decompression theory nor observation support the existence of a naturally occurring DCS in whales that is characterized by encapsulated, gas-filled cavities in the liver. Although gas-bubble formation may be aggravated by acoustic energy, more rigorous investigation is needed before sonar can be firmly linked to bubble formation in whales.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 3%
Unknown 39 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 14 35%
Researcher 6 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 10%
Student > Postgraduate 2 5%
Student > Master 2 5%
Other 2 5%
Unknown 10 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 40%
Environmental Science 5 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 13%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 3%
Other 1 3%
Unknown 9 23%

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