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What is ocean noise and why is it important?

Source: uvic.ca

Sound is one of the fastest underwater communication channels. Marine animals use sound to navigate, find food, avoid predators, find mating partners and socialise.

Human-made underwater noise is filling those channels with sound from commercial or recreation vessels, in- or near-water construction like dredging or pile driving, seismic surveying, and active sonar.

New research now suggests human-made ocean noise is more harmful to marine life than we realised. In a study published in the journal Science, a global research team including University of Victoria biologist Francis Juanes set out to document the impact of noise on marine animals and on marine ecosystems around the world. MORE

Header image: Daniel Costa.