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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:33 PM

Whales benefit from action on ocean noise (BBC)

By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News, Boston

Scientists are working to reduce the noise levels experienced by whales from North Atlantic shipping.

The blare is making it difficult for the animals to communicate with each other, which in turn is affecting their ability to find food and mates.

The researchers have persuaded shipping companies to change their routes in and around the Boston area.

Sea captains use an iPad App that helps them to understand the locations of the whales and when to slow down.

The change in operations has helped to lower the din. Scientists hope it will also limit the number accidental collisions.
more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21492500

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