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As artists, our sense perceptions are incredibly important to us, although we may take them for granted. For animals they may be even more important: “A deaf whale is a dead whale”, according to one marine scientist. On May 5, 2003 when the Navy tested active sonar in the San Juan Islands, human witnesses on an orca whale watching vessel felt pain in their ears even without being in the water. Find out about what the Navy is doing to strand whales and dolphins on beaches, as their own studies show, with hemorrhaging around the dead whales’ eyes and ears, indicating severe acoustic trauma. Attend a historic hearing at the Federal Building in SF on June 30, or find out about other ways to make a difference at this critical juncture.

- Cheryl Meeker [Thursday, June 12th, 2003]

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