Bid to herd whales away from naval drill

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LONDON: Ma­rine wildlife ex­perts were to try yes­ter­day to move a pod of deep- div­ing north­ern bot­tlenose whales from Scottish coastal wa­ters where Europe’s largest naval ex­er­cise is about to be­gin.

Ex­er­cise Joint War­rior is due to start to­mor­row on Gare Loch, one of a chain of sea lochs on the west coast of Scot­land. An­i­mal wel­fare ex­perts say sonar from the ves­sels could hurt the whales.

Bri­tish Divers Ma­rine Life Res­cue Medics say the whales have been spot­ted in the area over the last month. The or­gan­i­sa­tion says its res­cue and mil­i­tary boats will be used to coax the ma­rine mam­mals back out to sea. How­ever, “there is no guar­an­tee it will be suc­cess­ful, given the depth of wa­ter and dis­tance that needs to be cov­ered”.

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