Communication masking in marine mammals: A review and research strategy.

  title={Communication masking in marine mammals: A review and research strategy.},
  author={Christine Erbe and Colleen J Reichmuth and Kane A M Cunningham and Klaus Lucke and Robert J. Dooling},
  journal={Marine pollution bulletin},
  volume={103 1-2},
Underwater noise, whether of natural or anthropogenic origin, has the ability to interfere with the way in which marine mammals receive acoustic signals (i.e., for communication, social interaction, foraging, navigation, etc.). This phenomenon, termed auditory masking, has been well studied in humans and terrestrial vertebrates (in particular birds), but less so in marine mammals. Anthropogenic underwater noise seems to be increasing in parts of the world's oceans and concerns about associated… CONTINUE READING
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