‘Torture for marine mammals’: In Cape May, Trump plan for seismic testing in Atlantic Ocean is panned

Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Capt. Jeff Stewart of the Cape May Whale Watcher knows better than most how whales and dolphins are affected by sound, even the tick-tick-tick of his fish finder.

“Just turning off the fish finder makes it better for the whale or dolphin,” Steward told a rally of more than 100 people Monday, including public officials, high school students and their marine biology teacher, environmentalists, and business owners. They gathered at the ocean’s edge to protest an imminent Trump administration plan to sign off on seismic testing to look for oil and gas in the ocean.

“Imagine that air horn times 1,700 every 10 seconds," he said. "It’s torture for marine mammals. It’s torture for the fish. It’s bad for all of us.”

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