(Click to enlarge) The Army Corps of Engineers vessel Hayward unloads a dead female finback whale measuring 45-50 feet at the engineers’ pier in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001. The whale was retrieved in the waters off nearby Port Elizabeth and is the third whale to be found dead in the area since Dec. 11, 2000. (Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)
A central question in the debate over a Rutgers University-led study of the ocean floor off the coast of Long Beach Island is whether the loud sound waves used to map the sediment will harm dolphins, whales, and other animals.
(From The Philadelphia Inquirer / from Sandy Bauers) – It is an area of scientific research that has been getting more attention since the mid-1990s, when researchers generated loud sounds in the Pacific Ocean to study the effect of water temperature on sound. People began to wonder whether marine mammals could hear the sound and, if so, if that was bad. Read the full story »