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The Sounds of Life Under Water

14th August 2009
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The Sounds of Life Under Water
We now know that Jacques Cousteau wasn't quite accurate when he called the the sea the 'silent world', but to be fair to the French underwater explorer, that was before advances in acoustic technology allowed us listen in to the world of whales and dolphins, writes Karlin Lillington in the business section of today's Irish Times (14th August 2009).

Irish engineers and researchers are learning more and more from locating and listening in on the cetaceans – the most vocal of sea creatures – and it's thanks to advances in acoustic hardware and software that allows this access. A Galway conpaby is at the forefront of these advances: Biospheric Enginnering. They build the underwater microphones, or hydrophones, and link them to computer programmes that process the sound files they generate.

Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is fascinated by the the complex view of cetacean life generated by various projects around the coast. "The more we do, the more amazine we find things are here," he says.

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