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NI Scientists Head Whale & Dolphin ‘Listening’ Project

3rd February 2017
Bottlenose dolphins will be among the many cetacean species monitored by the new NI-led project Bottlenose dolphins will be among the many cetacean species monitored by the new NI-led project Photo: IWDG

#MarineScience - Scientists from Northern Ireland will lead a new project monitoring whale and dolphin sounds off the Scottish and Irish coasts, as BBC News reports.

The scheme led by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) will see a network of buoys deployed with devices to pick up cetacean chatter – as well as potentially harmful ocean sounds from sea traffic or industry.

"Displacement from noise is a very real effect and ... if it doesn't cause them to move will change their behaviours and, at the most acute levels, can cause physical and physiological damage to the animals,” says Dr Adam Mellor of the AFBI.

BBC News has more on the story HERE.

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