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How Marine Animals use Sound

Fish, Mollusks and other Sea Animals’ use of Sound, and the Impact of Anthropogenic Noise in the Marine Acoustic Environment Michael Stocker -Michael Stocker Associates Web published at http://www.msa-design.com/FishEars.html#_edn47 March 2, 2001 Many marine animals use sound and acoustic energy sensors to adapt to their environment. Most biological studies closely examine a particular species’ relationship […]

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What the Experts Say

In the dark ocean waters, marine mammals such as whales and dolphins rely on sound to communicate with each other, locate prey and find their way over long distances. All these activities – critical to their survival – are being interfered with, experts say, by the increasing levels of noise from ocean-going ship engines, sonar devices and seismic exploration. Climate change could make the noise problems for marine mammals even worse.

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Welcome to our new website, www.noisyoceans.org Noisyoceans.org is the latest campaign Australians for Animals (AFA), a not for profit Environmental and Animal protection organisation spearheaded by investigative journalist Sue Arnold. Sue has been campaigning fiercely for Animal Rights and protection of our environment for over 30years. As a highly skilled and articulate investigative journalist, Sue’s […]

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A DEAF WHALE IS A DEAD WHALE.

Underwater noise is deadly. Noisy oceans deafen marine mammals, the lungs of whales and dolphins haemorrhage, communication between mothers and calves is blurred, swim bladders in fish explode. Noisy oceans inhibit life.

Press play to hear the sound of a sperm whale being interrupted by an Airgun used for seismic exploration of the sea floor. These surveys can be heard thousands of miles from the source and are known to have killed fish. Their full impact on marine animals is yet to be understood.

About AFA

Australians for Animals Inc. (AFA) is one of the few organizations in Australia focused on noisy oceans. Underwater noise is caused by shipping, pile driving, port infrastructure, seismic exploration and military weapons. As the health of the world’s oceans is constantly being degraded by governments’ inaction and failure to acknowledge the importance of living oceans, our very source of life is at risk. Read More about “ABOUT US”

Impacts of Ocean Noise

“ Imagine a space ship is over your village and it’s sending explosions down to every 10 seconds, driving everybody crazy. The choice is you either leave or die. This is the whales’ world. Their social network is destroyed, their world seriously compromised, their immune and reproductive systems impacted by stress created by noise. Their acoustic world is 10% of what it should be.” Read More about “A Deaf Whale is a Dead Whale”

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Causes of Ocean Noise Pollution

SHIPPING

Shipping isn’t what it used to be. The romance of wind propelled vessels exploring the high seas is a thing of the distant past. Today, the surface of the word’s oceans are a platform for a massive, multi-billion dollar transport industry. This computer generated image shows the extent of shipping traffic coverage over the word’s oceans and gives a sense of the sheer scale of the enterprise. Read More about “SHIPPING”

MINING

The oil and gas industry is a substantial contributor to ocean noise pollution. Almost all of their activities contribute in some way to the disruption of natural ocean soundscapes. Seismic Surveys are continually being conducted in the world’s oceans in search of undiscovered fossil fuel deposits. Read More about “MINING”

MILITARY

Unfortunately marine animals are forced to share the word’s oceans with the navy. Each country with a navy uses sound as a means of detection, attack and defense and technologies have improved, so too has the efficiency and power of sonar and the high energy acoustic pulses used for enemy detection and counter weapon targeting. Read More about “MILITARY”

FISHING

Ocean Aquaculture is quickly becoming a massive industry in response to diminishing wild fish stocks and increased global demand for fresh seafood. Many techniques are employed to increase the efficiency of ocean fish farms, from modular deployment of nets to modified inputs and even altering the genetics of the farmed fish. Read More about “FISHING”

ENERGY

As the fossil fuel age comes to a close, sustainable alternatives such as off shore wind farms and tidal swings are on the increase. This is of course great news for reduction of carbon emissions and minimising the impacts of climate change. However, often in their implementation and function, these alternatives also create a tremendous amount of ocean noise pollution. Read More about “ENERGY”


 

Ocean Noise 101 by Sue Arnold

Sue Arnold, CEO of Australians for Animals Inc. delivered this presentation to the Australian Marine Sciences Association conference in 2014. Even without Sue’s compelling narration, the slideshow will give you a good overview of the key arguments and point you in the right direction for further reading.

THE GREAT SILENCE

It’s deafening. In the past l5 months, AFA has written to every member of the Federal Parliament, every Senator and our Co-ordinator had a lengthy meeting with the Minister for the Environment last year outlining the impacts of underwater noise and the urgent need for regulations or legislation.

Greg Hunt promised action on noise and although AFA provided him with an extensive backgrounder, nothing has transpired. Silence.

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