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Porpoises stay 20km away from wind farm construction

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An article in Der Spiegel reveals that the environmental impact study at a 12-turbine wind farm 30km off the coast of Germany has reported that during construction of the turbines, porpoises avoided an area in a 20-mile radius of the two-square mile construction site. ┬áHarbor porpoises are well known to be more sensitive to sound than many ocean creatures, and may serve as a sort of “canary in the construction zone,” their stark behavioral response standing as an indicator of noise levels that likely interfere with other animals, as well.

Future construction could affect a far larger number of animals than the relatively modest construction that has taken place so far. (click to see larger Der Spiegel image)

Future construction could affect a far larger number of animals than the relatively modest construction that has taken place so far. (click to see larger Der Spiegel image)

2 Responses to “Porpoises stay 20km away from wind farm construction”

  1. Melodie Burkett Says:

    The head honchos of the wind industry need to be jailed!
    The governments that fell for this “Tom foolery” need to be ousted, after passing legislation to compensate victims including a penalty! I am not a Dolphin and I can not get 20 miles away!!! Shame on the bubble head Bureaucrats.
    A massive world wide revolt is all that will stop this travesty.

  2. Paul Kenyon Says:

    Melodie…
    Basically…yeah! Right on!

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