Death of 22 Whales Is Bad News for the Planet

whaleI don't know about you, but when thousands of one type of bird or fish or whatever else all die at once, I get a little uneasy. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I feel like massive animal die-offs don't bode well for the future of our planet. So the latest species-specific death news out of Australia is really freaking me out.

That's because this time, the expiring animals in question weren't creatures small enough to catch on a line or keep in a cage. No, sperm whales are fairly enormous, and a whopping 22 of the animals washed ashore on a Tasmanian sandbank Saturday and died.

Twenty-two whales?? I can't even picture that many sperm whales (which are about 40 feet long and weigh in at around 2 tons) in one place, let alone lying dead on a beach.

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Let me put it this way. Ever read Moby Dick? Moby Dick was a sperm whale. Think of everything Captain Ahab and his crew went through trying to take that sucker down -- and that was one whale! Whatever it was that killed 22 of these giants at once had to be incredibly lethal.

Probably to humans, as well ...

I hate to get all conspiracy theory on you, but there's an awful lot of evidence out there linking biological warfare testing with incidents like this one. (I know it's "normal" for whales to occasionally beach themselves, but 22 at once? Come on.) And don't think the apocalyptic weather isn't connected, too. Way back in 1997, U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen made this statement:

Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves ... So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations ... It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our [counter terrorism] efforts.

Not that I'm pointing the finger only at "other nations." Our own nation has a pretty shady history where bio-warfare research is concerned, too, ahem, Gulf War Syndrome (who said that?).

These are the facts, and they're disturbing and creepy and not at all pleasant to think about. But ignoring these facts is as good as pushing the planetary self-destruct button.

What do you think is causing mass animal die-offs?


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