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Pathology: whales, sonar and decompression sickness.

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Piantadosi, CA; Thalmann, ED
Published in: Nature
April 15, 2004

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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Nature

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1476-4687

Publication Date

April 15, 2004

Volume

428

Issue

6984

Start / End Page

1 p following 716

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Whales
  • Sound Localization
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Partial Pressure
  • Nitrogen
  • Models, Biological
  • Military Science
  • Lung
  • Liver
  • Humans
 

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Piantadosi, C. A., & Thalmann, E. D. (2004). Pathology: whales, sonar and decompression sickness. Nature, 428(6984), 1pfollowing716. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature02527a
Piantadosi, Claude A., and Edward D. Thalmann. “Pathology: whales, sonar and decompression sickness.Nature 428, no. 6984 (April 15, 2004): 1pfollowing716. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature02527a.
Piantadosi CA, Thalmann ED. Pathology: whales, sonar and decompression sickness. Nature. 2004 Apr 15;428(6984):1pfollowing716.
Piantadosi, Claude A., and Edward D. Thalmann. “Pathology: whales, sonar and decompression sickness.Nature, vol. 428, no. 6984, Apr. 2004, p. 1pfollowing716. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/nature02527a.
Piantadosi CA, Thalmann ED. Pathology: whales, sonar and decompression sickness. Nature. 2004 Apr 15;428(6984):1pfollowing716.
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Published In

Nature

DOI

EISSN

1476-4687

Publication Date

April 15, 2004

Volume

428

Issue

6984

Start / End Page

1 p following 716

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Whales
  • Sound Localization
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Partial Pressure
  • Nitrogen
  • Models, Biological
  • Military Science
  • Lung
  • Liver
  • Humans