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8:01am 15th January 2012

Navy ships could be forced to scale back sonar off Cornwall's coast to protect dolphins and whales.

It is claimed the technology can cause the creatures to strand.

New MOD guidelines mean crews could face legal action if it is used during exercises.

Ruth Williams from Cornwall Wildlife Trust says it played a part in a mass stranding near Falmouth: "Whether they got spooked by the sonar or whether the sonar trapped them in inshore areas and estuaries where they're not used to swimming and they got disorientated and then stranded as the tide receded. There's all sorts of patterns but yeah, the sonar definitely has implications".

8:01am 15th January 2012

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