Loggerhead turtles dive in response to airgun sound exposure.

  title={Loggerhead turtles dive in response to airgun sound exposure.},
  author={Stacy L. Deruiter and Kamel Larbi Doukara},
Visual observations of the behavior of over 150 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) were collected over a period of 2 weeks during a seismic survey in the Mediterranean Sea off Algeria in September and October 2009. All turtles were observed during active operation of an airgun array that had a peak source level of 252 dB re 1 μPa. Recordings from three hull‐mounted hydrophones allowed concurrent estimation of near‐surface airgun array source signatures and sound exposure levels. Of the 53% of… CONTINUE READING

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