https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/growing-underwater-noise-in-the-arctic-puts-whales-and-other-animals-at-risk

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Until recently, the Arctic Ocean's ice cover made it a natural “acoustic refuge” for marine animals for much of the year. Many marine animals, including narwhals, belugas, and bowhead whales, rely on clicks, whistles, songs and other noises to locate food, raise calves, and find mates for survival. But melting sea ice has led to expanded shipping routes and increased oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. And that traffic is expected to quadruple by 2025. BELUGA WHALE. Your browser does not support the audio element. BOWHEAD WHALE. Your browser does not support the audio element. NARWHAL. Your browser does not support the audio element. WALRUS. Your browser does not support the audio element. This activity puts whales and other species at tremendous risk. Human-driven noise affects the animals’ ability to locate food, find mates, navigate, communicate, and evade predators, and can cause commercial fish species to abandon their habitats... Full story

25 March

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