Tuesday, August 25, 2015

25/08/2015: National Geographic: Do whales get the bends? And why does it matter?

Image: Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith
Scientists used to think that whales didn't suffer from decompression sickness, but more and more evidence seems to suggest this is not the whole story, Rachel A. Becker reports for the National Geographic.

Why does this matter? Naval sonar exercises have been linked to mass strandings of whales showing signs of decompression sickness. If sonar is in some way affecting the animals - for example, changing their diving behaviour - and causing the onset of the bends, then it's pretty important to know what can be done to prevent this.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington have been investigating....

Read all about it HERE.

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