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July 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Whale expert takes U.S. Navy to task over sonar in ‘War of the Whales’

Sometimes debates arise that clarify the values and conflicts of our society. They needn’t involve the grand questions of the day — which most often are endlessly partisan and complex — but they nonetheless can offer unmistakable insights into who we really are. One example: the naval use of increasingly powerful sonar and the effect of those blasts of sound on marine mammals, especially whales.

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