Echolocation & Mermaids
Echolocation, also called biosonar, is the biological sonar used by several kinds of animals, specifically marine animals. Echolocating animals emit calls out to the environment and listen to the echoes of those calls that return from various objects near them. They use these echoes to locate and identify the objects. Echolocation is used for navigation and for foraging in various environments.
This is used by some mammals and a few birds. This includes bats, whales, dolphins, oilbirds, and shrews. The most recently added creature was mermaids. During Memorial Day Weekend, Animal Planet aired it’s documentary: Mermaids: The Body Found. It discussed mermaids.
The scientists in the documentary were on the scene when there were beached whales in 2004. A boy had filmed a beached mermaid that eventually leaped up at him. It was found that the SONAR testing that the Navy was running had driven the whales crazy, harmed them (the whales were bleeding in the ear), and caused the whales to beach themselves. The documentary scientists found a mermaid body in South Africa. They found a space on the skull that they believe is the center where the mermaids use echolocation, similar to that of the toothed whale.
In testing and recording SONAR activity, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have found an ultra-low frequency and extremely powerful underwater sound that they have labeled the Bloop. This was in 1997. You can hear it on the NOAA website, sped up 16 times. The scientists in the documentary postulate that the Bloop is the sound mermaids make. They also think they recorded the Bloop during the SONAR testing. During the SONAR testing, the scientists heard the whales and dolphins crying out in pain (while recording the echolocation) and another sound that sounded like screeching. They also postulate that this was the mermaids.
Do mermaids also use this as a form of communication? Possibly. They certainly wouldn’t be able to speak one of our languages (i.e. English, Spanish, French, Chinese, etc.).
Since this documentary shows that the mermaids are real and use echolocation, it’s safe to assume that the SONAR testing caused at least one to get beached. Most already agree that SONAR testing isn’t good for dolphins and whales. Assuming that mermaids are out there, don’t we want to protect them from SONAR testing?