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The effects of underwater noise pollution on marine life

underwater noise pollution

Underwater noise pollution is a growing concern in the ocean, affecting the behavior, communication, and survival of many marine species. Human activities such as shipping, construction, and seismic surveys generate intense noise that can disrupt the natural soundscape of the ocean. For example, whales and dolphins rely on sound for communication, navigation, and hunting, and excessive noise can interfere with their ability to find food or mates. Fish can also be affected, with studies showing that exposure to loud noises can cause stress, hearing damage, and changes in behavior. To mitigate the effects of underwater noise pollution, measures such as regulating noise levels, creating quiet zones, and developing quieter technologies are being explored.