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  • Friday, October 16, 2015
  • 1:30 PM–2:30 PM
  • Science Building 010

People generate all kinds of noise underwater in the oceans. It includes not only the noise made by vessel engines, but a wide variety of other intentionally-produced sounds, like the airgun shots used for oil and seafloor exploration and the mid-frequency (MFA) sonar sounds used by navies to search for submarines.  Since whales use sound as a primary means of communicating, sensing their environment, and looking for food, all these sounds have potential to affect their behavior.  This talk will explain how we use animal-borne tags attached to whales to track their movements and behavior underwater.  It will focus on what we’ve learned from these tags about how whales change their behavior – especially feeding behavior - when exposed to human sounds like military sonar.

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