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Kickin’ tires at the Offshore Technologies Conference

I’ve just spent that last couple of days in Houston at the annual Offshore Technologies Conference (OTC). Like many things in Texas, this event is HUGE – with some 90,000+ attendees from around the globe kicking tires and otherwise assessing…

One Body of Water

The Earth as photographed from Apollo 17

Every year in April there are two events that give us all a chance to pause and appreciate; to dip deeply into gratitude and remember the vigilance and effort it takes to deter the voracious appetites of “capital market forces”…

Historic sound recordings – and recordists celebrated

Just a few weeks ago a notice came across my desk about a marine mammal acoustics symposium hosted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) at the whaling museum in New Bedford Massachusetts. The occasion was to celebrate the legacy of…

Multinational oil companies invade our shores

Multinational oil companies invade our shores, take away American Jobs, sell our oil on the international market at huge profits (and don’t pay taxes.) In this month’s “Sea Technology” Deepwater Operations Show Growth In US Gulf, International Regions: Greater Spending…

Ocean Noise on NPR “Living on Earth”

I was delighted to hear bio-acousticians David Mann and Susan Parks get some airtime on the NPR program “Living on Earth” this last weekend. David discusses his work using portable “Audio Evoked Potential” equipment to test the hearing of stranded…

A little sound on Ocean(s) Week

This week is Oceans Week in Washington DC, where national ocean stakeholders can focus on ocean policy and related events. There are some regional events as well. Tonight (Thursday) in the San Francisco Bay area you can go to an…

National Geographic article on Seismic Survey impacts on Squid

Following a published study by Michel André we reported on earlier this year about the impacts of Seismic Airgun Survey on the mortality giant squid, last week what might have been considered an obscure topic just a few years ago…

NOAA Grant looks into those theivin’ Sperm Whales

Back in 2006 Aaron Thode presented some remarkable footage at an Acoustic Society meeting that he and Delphine Mathias caught of a Sperm whale deftly plucking a cod off a camera-rigged long-line. It turns out that this is becoming quite…

Beaked whale strandings in Sicily coincident with NATO exercises

Michela Podestà from the Museum of Natural History of Milan sent out a notice about two beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) that were found stranded in Sicily close to Syracuse February 8, 2011. The local Coast Guard attempted to tow and…

National Geographic Online article on Ocean Noise

National Geographic Online has published a short article with an informative graphic on ocean noise pollution. Incentive for the article came (from among other places) the work of Christopher Clark from Cornell. His research team has been developing a passive…