GUN Coast Guard fails to sink whale carcass with 5.56

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Mar/16/br/br2751069843.html
    Whale carcass floating outside Hilo Harbor

    By Kevin Dayton
    Advertiser Big Island Bureau
    HILO, Hawai'i — A U.S. Coast Guard crew fired more than 30 rounds from an M-16 rifle into a bloated whale carcass floating outside Hilo Harbor today in an unsuccessful effort to sink it, but finally gave up and returned to port with the dead mammal still drifting about two miles offshore.

    Lt. John Titchen said the Coast Guard will continue to monitor the 25-foot carcass to ensure it does not pose a hazard for mariners, and may try some other disposal strategy if the whale drifts closer to shore.

    A homeowner near the ocean who was looking out to sea with binoculars spotted the carcass and saw splashing in the surrounding water, and reported it early today, said David Schofield, Marine Mammal Response Network coordinator for NOAA's Pacific Islands Regional Office.

    Titchen said the 18-foot rubber-hulled Coast Guard vessel Kis 1 was summoned at about 8:30 a.m. to take a team to the site to collect a tissue sample and check the carcass.

    He said the decomposing whale had attracted about five tiger sharks estimated to be 12 to 17 feet long, and drew the attention of about a half-dozen small boats in the area.

    "It was determined it was definitely a risk to navigation, and might be risk to the boating community," prompting Coast Guard officials to consider either towing the whale out to sea or shooting it to sink it, Titchen said.

    The crew decided not to try to tow the carcass for fear it would fall apart, and instead cleared the area of boats before attempting to sink it with gunfire at about 1 p.m., he said.

    That effort "does not appear to have worked very well right now, but in time it may," he said. He said the shots may have punctured air pockets that will cause the dead whale to sink later.

    He said observers do not believe the whale is a humpback, but couldn't be certain. "It's bloated to the point that it's not recognizable," he said.

    Reach Kevin Dayton at [email protected] or (808) 935-3916.

    Genius captain they got there, yeah lets sink a 25 foot whale with a few rounds of .22 :ugh2:
     
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    :rofl: your tax dollars at work
     
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    a box and a half of lake city 5.56 used up(wasted) for shooting an endangered dead whale.....go USA :rolleyes:
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    Yes, this is outrageous! :ugh:


    seriously, who fucking cares?
     
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    it was already dead. who the fuck cares if it's endangered? :ugh:
     
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    I dont understand why they saw the need to shoot it unless they just wanted to let some rounds off, I would think its pretty obvious 5.56 ain't going to sink a whale, and it sounds like its a self solving problem as far as navigation hazards go.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    no one is ever going accuse the military of vast intelligence
     
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    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    Can't blame the guys. If I was on a coast guard boat I'd probably be bored as hell. You don't even have to be bored for the idea of shooting a dead whale to sound like fun.
     
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    should have broke the big shit out
     
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    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    I thought the Coast Guard was using the 50 Beowulf for boarding ships, they should have shot it with that a few times.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    I read something a couple years ago about them adopting .499LWR
     
  14. t1h

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    i think your going to have to blow it up good. air is going to be in pockets all over the carcus
     
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    No wonder 5.56 is so expensive. Coast guard is out whale hunting with it :mad:
     
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    Doesn't the coast guard still use 60's? dumping a couple belts into a whale sounds like more of a good time.
     
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    From what I hear the M-16 is a powerful military weapon that should not be used to shoot animals.
     
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    Should have called in an air strike
     
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    should have used some 20mm
     
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    should have nuked it.
     
  22. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    a decomposing whale? better call Hans Brix. :run:
     
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    Now I'm going to be reading webpages for the next 4 years talking about how some us troops have found 5.56 inadequate for whales and that they're all downing their whales with ak's they picked up.
     
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    5.56 was never designed to kill whales just too wound.
     
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    Its really just a seal shooter.
     

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