An important study was launched in Ireland last month. Researchers plan to use acoustic monitoring to assess the impact of ever-increasing noise pollution on sea life.
“The Smart Whale Sounds project will provide a much greater understanding of what is happening on ocean floors – specifically helping with the identification and classification of species in Irish waters, their distribution and behaviour and how noise pollution is changing these patterns. In the long-term, it could potentially lead to the development of an early warning system that will enable ships to reduce their speed in time to lessen the considerable risk of whale ship strikes.”
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