Over the past 50 years increased human activity in the oceans has escalated noise pollution affecting, sometimes catastrophically, animals who live in the sea.  Recent studies suggest that noise pollution can harm whales and dolphins directly by driving them away, disrupting their social patterns, damaging their hearing, and even causing internal bleeding and death.   Naval sonar systems, shipping, deep-sea fishing, and the construction and operation of oil rigs are among the contributors to the increasing amount of noise pollution in our oceans. 

(Feature photo credit, We Animals Media)

 

Read The Guardian Environment article here