The US Air Force has warned that a much-anticipated test of its new air-launched hypersonic missile could kill four snails and 90 clams.
The Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) test can finally take place next month after a previous failed attempt, General Timothy M. Ray, head of Global Strike Command, said in early June.
And those paying the price will not only be the American taxpayers, but also the marine life of the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where the test projectile is going to conclude its flight.
US Air Force Hypersonic Missile Test Environmental Assessment
The atoll is home to many rare species, but an environmental assessment that was recently released by the US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base insisted that the test won’t cause irreversible damage to them.
“Up to four top shell snails may be killed by the proposed action, and up to 90 clams,” the documents said, adding that the impact could occur on both land and in water.
Other species would likely be affected more harshly. The report warned that 108 humphead wrasses, which are an endangered fish species, “could be injured or killed.”
The ARRW firing could lead to the “complete mortality“ of more than 10,000 coral colonies at the Kwajalein Atoll, the documents said.
Of Course, Twitter Responds.
Sounds like a good clam bake could be made from that, minus the snails.
— Eric Hovland (@EricJHovland) June 18, 2021
That doesn’t seem very effective, maybe they should try attaching windmills to the missiles
— Covidiocracy (@ampersine) June 18, 2021
I’d worry more about the samolians.
— Martin Ewing (@AA6E) June 18, 2021
So let’s just ignore all those helpless endangered bugs and insects in California that face execution by B-52 tires, leading edges, engines, and windscreens… this assessment is so biased towards sea life ? https://t.co/mx9Un3amri
— Thenewarea51 (@thenewarea51) June 18, 2021
That’s a lot of clams
— Josef K (@JosefK90210) June 18, 2021
lol sounds hoakey, like something joe Biden would say…
— P (@nottabot2020) June 18, 2021
Humphead Wrasse: pic.twitter.com/L6uq62AG35
— Meh (@hillme89) June 18, 2021
I’m so tired of your clam-centric propaganda man!
— The November man ?? ☸️ (@DadSpots) June 18, 2021
give the loss of life, they must cancel the test
— Sustain Nova Scotia (@NovaSustain) June 18, 2021