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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…

Offshore Oil – Bigger than Texas!

I’ve just returned from the annual Offshore Technologies Conference in Houston, Texas. Texas is known for BIG and this event was no exception: Some 40,000 people from around the world were checking out some of the largest single hunks of…

NOAA calls for workshops on ocean noise mitigation

A letter from NOAA director Dr. Jane Lubchenco to Whitehouse CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley calls for a deeper look into mitigations on the impacts of ocean noise on marine life. While the letter focuses on understanding the problems and controversies…

BBC finds that noise pollution threatens animals!

A recent article in the BBC “Earth News” presents a good overview of how various noises impact animals. The article is a condensation of a scientific “lit review” written by Jesse Barber, Kevin Crooks, and Kurt Fristrup. Some folks may…

Reminder: Ocean Policy Task Force hearing and Party!

For San Francisco Bay Area folks this is a reminder that the White House CEQ Ocean Policy Task Force will be convening on Thursday September 17. This will be the season’s big ocean-lovers gathering and should be fun. Some of…