The mass stranding of beaked whales in the Bahamas in 2000 set alarm bells ringing. What had happened? Why had a group of cetaceans that had lived in Grand Bahama Canyon for 30 million years become so disoriented that they fled into shallow water and died?
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Award-winning journalist Joshua Horwitz set off like a detective to find the answers. His guides are an ex-Navy sonar officer turned whale activist and a crusading environmental lawyer. As Horwitz takes the reader inside a landmark environmental lawsuit brought against the U.S. Navy, he uncovers top-secret underwater sonar programs; tracks down the Einstein of the oceans at a cottage in La Jolla, California; and shows that the mass stranding of whales is by no means a thing of the past.