Commercial Shipping Noise May be Most Serious Acoustic Threat to Whales

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

The most serious acoustic threat to the ocean’s cetacean populations may be the noise from commercial shipping, rather than the more controversial use of powerful naval sonar.  That’s the contention of Dr. Roger Gentry, a former researcher at the National Marine Fisheries Service. Gentry is now a private consultant, and one of eight scientists presenting their work at this year’s Whalefest in Sitka.

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