‘Acoustic hell’ for orcas
An expert on how boat noise affects whales shows off his new computer animation in Seattle. It shows what he calls “acoustic hell” for orcas.
Dr. Chris Clark, a bioacoustic engineer at Cornell University, has developed a moving visualization of what he calls noise smog created by whale watching boats in Puget Sound.
In one video, he shows how boat traffic moving through water outside Boston silences whale echolocation. In another video, he shows how whale watching boats near San Juan Island hurt the ability of orcas to receive sound signals needed to find food… More