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July 6, 2014 Show: Whales vs. the United States Navy, and Visiting Every Country in the World

After the United States Navy tested sonar, 16 whales and one dolphin stranded themselves in the biggest incident ever recorded. Joshua Horwitz' new book "War of the Whales" explains what happened next. (photo by Bates Littlehales/National Geographic)
After the United States Navy tested sonar, 16 whales and one dolphin stranded themselves in the biggest incident ever recorded. Joshua Horwitz’ new book “War of the Whales” explains what happened next. (photo by Bates Littlehales/National Geographic)

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– Many people consider themselves avid travelers, but Graham Hughes took globe-trotting to a new level when he spent four years and visited every country on the planet without using an airplane. Some of his methods of transportation included hitching a boat ride with Portuguese fishermen into Cape Verde (which landed him in jail), to hitching a truck ride into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (which landed him in jail). Hughes also explains how he visited North Korea and Somalia without incident.

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- In March of 2000, 16 whales and one dolphin washed up on shore in the Bahamas. This stranding, in which living, uninjured animals apparently chose to beach themselves, started the unlikely series of events in which a marine biologist and an environmental lawyer took the United States Navy to the Supreme Court to advocate for the whales that were being chased from the ocean. In his new book, War of the WhalesJoshua Horwitz explains the fallout from that stranding that continues to impact the Navy and whales to this day.

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Comments

  1. Tom Wright
    Savannah, GA
    July 20, 12:57 am

    The US Navy spends more money and time than any other organization in responding to Right Whale issues and protecting Right Whales from the side effects of military operations, sonar, etc. Why should there be a focus on what happened 14 years ago when today is so much better?

  2. balakishor
    india,telangana
    July 8, 11:52 am

    I want t o join navy
    but how tell me please