Tag: ocean noise

The enigma of the one-tooth unicorn

For a creature that figures so well into European mythology, the Narwhal carries with it surprisingly few myths of its own. As its Linnaean taxonomic binomial infers, Monodon Monoceros (one tooth, one horn) the narwhal was described by Europeans as…

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Workshop on Ocean Noise Science, Regulations, and Practice

I’m just synthesizing the conversations, data, and information presented at a workshop co-sponsored by the California Gray Whale Coalition and Ocean Conservation Research at the Oakland offices of the Center for Biological Diversity on Monday, April 11. The purpose of…

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Report from Washington D.C.

Last week found the OCR office and staff (Gwynn and myself) with a few hundred other ocean conservationists and activists out in Washington DC attending the fifth annual Blue Vision Summit. This convening has been growing in stature since its…

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Cuttlefish hearing – in living color

Cuttlefish are perhaps one of the more complicated critters you’re likely to encounter. Related to the squids and the octopus they have many of the same highly visual adaptation of being able to rapidly change color and even textures of…

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Noise Awareness Day gets wet

Today, April 25 2013 is “International Noise Awareness Day.” Founded in 1996 by the Center for Hearing and Communication it was designed to promote awareness of the dangers of long-term exposure to noise – in humans. 1996 was really just…

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Press takes interest in historic ocean noise

This week I delivered a paper on the historic noise levels in the ocean prior to industrialized whaling. It turns out that the ocean was pretty noisy back in 1800, but the noise was all biological − with a preponderance…

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“Live” mapping of Cetaceans and Ocean Noise

Following up on last week’s newsletter on Marine Mammals and Mapping, there is some fabulous utility in mapping noise and marine mammals as illustrated in a benchmark program in the Stellwagen Banks National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). Chris Clark and his…

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The International Quiet Ocean Experiment

By the time you might be reading this I will have been conferring with colleagues and associates at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris under the rubric of the “International Quiet Ocean Experiment” (IQOE). The purpose of the meeting is to…

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The Noisy Cost of Power

It has been thoroughly established that harvesting power from fossil fuel is extremely expensive. Global warming and oil spills notwithstanding, from an ocean noise perspective the hydrocarbon industry is responsible for the lions share of marine noise pollution. Most of…

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