Still more evidence that aquatic species do not appreciate or even tolerate human-induced noise in the water.
But loud industrial noise is exactly what will happen in the Atlantic Ocean if President Trump has his way. The U.S federal government is proposed to approve 5 Incidental Harassment Authorizations which would allow Seismic blasting in the Atlantic, harming over 138,000 marine mammals and innumerable amount of essential fish, invertebrate, and zooplankton species.
Find out more about Seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean at Clean Ocean Action's website
Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise
Date: August 17, 2017
Source: University of Queensland
Summary: A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier. Scientists have said one of the main sources of ocean noise was oil and gas exploration, due to geologists firing off loud acoustic air guns to probe the structure of the ocean floor in search of fossil fuels.
University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science's Dr Rebecca Dunlop said one of the main sources of ocean noise was oil and gas exploration, due to geologists firing off loud acoustic air guns to probe the structure of the ocean floor in search of fossil fuels.
"The study, titled The Behavioural Response of Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS), involved an air gun array -- as used for oil and gas exploration," Dr Dunlop said.
Associate Professor Michael Noad from UQ's Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory (CEAL) was also part of the whale-noise study's international team of researchers from Curtin University, University of St Andrews, Sydney University and Newcastle University.
Dr Dunlop said it was unknown if, and how, the whales would also respond to the presence of the vessel towing the array as well as the array itself.
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