The impacts of anthropogenic ocean noise on cetaceans and implications for management

  title={The impacts of anthropogenic ocean noise on cetaceans and implications for management},
  author={Linda S. Weilgart},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Zoology},
  • Linda S. Weilgart
  • Published 2007
  • Biology
  • Canadian Journal of Zoology
  • Ocean noise pollution is of special concern for cetaceans, as they are highly dependent on sound as their principal sense. Sound travels very efficiently underwater, so the potential area impacted can be thousands of square kilometres or more. The principal anthropogenic noise sources are underwater explosions (nuclear and otherwise), shipping, seismic exploration by mainly the oil and gas industries, and naval sonar operations. Strandings and mortalities of especially beaked whales (family… CONTINUE READING
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