Month: August 2013

International conference on ocean noise pollution

It was once a popular belief that the ocean was “the silent realm.” This was largely due to the fact that humans are poorly adapted to hearing underwater, and marine animals don’t appear to have “ears” that look anything like…

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We now know what we don’t know – Report from AN2013

When ocean noise pollution first came up on the public sonar there were only a few handfuls of people engaged in the issue – all acrimoniously divided between the (mostly) industry/Navy noise-makers and the environmental/conservation biology interests who just wanted…

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When good ears go bad

I’ve been attending the 2013 Aquatic Noise conference this week and it is no surprise to me that “out the gate” we were treated to some really important information – although given the aquatic theme of the conference it was…

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Ocean Noise stakeholders convene this week

This week in Budapest there is a gathering of ocean noise scientists, researchers, regulators, and educators all focused on marine bioacoustics. This is the third Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life conference convened by fish hearing specialist (and bioacoustic generalist)…

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Shark Week! Tagging – a tale of Sharks, Fish, and Seals

Everybody is interested in Great White sharks, and scientists are no exception. One advantage of being credentialed is the opportunity to look a lot deeper into the subject using tools and equipment not readily available to the public. Satellite tagging…

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Shark Week – Sharks have ears too! (2)

In response to our most recent newsletter on shark hearing, bioacoustics elder and fish hearing expert Art Popper contacted us to provide a more accurate pedigree on the understanding of shark hearing. While there was observed evidence of shark hearing…

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Shark Week – Sharks have ears too!

It was once thought that sharks were just feeding machines led about by their sense of smell – and that they could smell blood in the water over a mile away. Some of this mythology was promulgated by military training…

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Mark your calendars! Sept. 24 Ocean reception and presentation

On September 24 the San Francisco Bay Model will be buzzing with activity. Ocean Plastics artists Judith Selby and Richard Lang will be co-hosting a reception for their beautiful and sobering Beach Plastic artworks show Finding Meaning in the Mess…

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Timeline: The Roots of Understanding Sound

  Explore the history of sound and theory on our timeline: At OCR we talk a lot about sound and it’s importance to ocean life. Using sound to explore the depths of the ocean is akin to using light to…

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