Ocean Sound: Not Just by Marine Mammals Anymore

By January 25, 2011 September 17th, 2011 Ocean News

If a marine mammal dives in the Ocean and no one is around to hear, does it make a sound? Sound in the Ocean is a much discussed topic over the past few years as multiple sources of sounds are increasing in the Ocean. Sounds such as seismic sources for oil detection and military operations may or may not affect the behaviour of marine mammals who use acoustic sounds to navigate and communicate to other marine mammals.

Now, there is a big push for energy companies to explore and develop renewable energy projects along coasts and offshore. Tidal and wind energy are among the most popular, but how much noise do they produce and will they affect marine mammals?

I found this TED Talk on the Southern Fried Science Blog by Andrew Thaler and I thought I would share with you. Have we really looked into the advantage and disadvantages of renewable energies? Let me hear you SPEAK UP!

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