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NMFS Investigation Can't Find Cause of North Carolina Strandings
On March 29, the National Marine Fisheries Service released its final report on NMFS' investigation of whale strandings on the North Carolina Outer Banks. The NMFS report concludes that the Agency cannot determine the cause of the strandings.

The strandings involved thirty six whales representing three different species. They occurred on January 15 and 16, 2005. The strandings are controversial because NGOs claim they were caused by Navy sonar operations in the area.

The NMFS investigators did not find physical injuries associating the strandings with sonar. They concluded that the cause of the strandings may never be known.

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