Whales Are Coping With Humans’ Noise

Whales Are Coping With Humans’ Noise

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For years, scientists have known that man-made underwater noise from an array of sources can deafen or harm whales and other sea mammals. Now, according to The New York Times, scientists say whales can turn down the volume to help protect themselves.

“It’s equivalent to plugging your ears when a jet flies over.  It’s like a volume control,” University of Hawaii marine biologist Paul Nachtigall told the Times. Some scientists believe the development suggests humans could develop warning signals to alert whales, dolphins and other sea mammals of loud noises in the vicinity.

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