Whales: Underwater Noise Pollution

Underwater Noise Pollution from a wide range of human activities has become a pervasive threat to marine life, and a global conservation concern. Whales, which rely on sound for nearly every aspect of their lives, are particularly impacted by the continuous din created by commercial and recreational vessel traffic, seismic surveys, military sonar, dredging, pile driving and other marine construction activities.

Dr. Valeria Vergara shares her work with belugas and how this has informed our understanding of impacts of underwater noise on marine mammals, as well as Ocean Wise’s strategy to help reduce this threat.