Christopher Clark Discusses Ocean Noise Pollution
Posted Mar. 30, 2016 at 11:31 AM
Marine scientists estimate that the area over which right whales can hear one another has dropped by 90 percent because of noise pollution.
The effects of noise on whales will be the subject of a talk by Christopher Clark at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at Napi’s Restaurant, 7 Freeman St. in Provincetown. His talk, titled “The Trials of Being a Cetacean in an Ocean Full of Noise,” is part of the Center for Coastal Studies Winter Lecture Series.
In the underwater world, whales and many other animals rely on sound to communicate with one another, to navigate through ocean basins and to find food. Humans have created so much noise from shipping vessels, underwater energy exploration and development, sonar exploration and other activities that we are drowning out the sounds of whales.
Clark will discuss the potential cost of the destruction of the natural marine bioacoustic environment to whales and other cetaceans and examine how dramatic changes in ocean science, technology and science activism offer opportunities for discovery and enlightenment.
Clark is director of the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He is an expert on the science of sound and was recently featured in the award-winning documentary “Racing Extinction.” He is also a member of the board of directors of the Center for Coastal Studies.