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Human-induced ocean noise threatens marine life


OceanCare released a video calling for a quieter ocean for marine life.

Ocean noise poses a serious threat to marine animals and is predominantly caused by the petroleum industry searching for hydrocarbon resources, navies and shipping. Seismic airguns, which you hear at the end of the video, are used to search the seabed for oil and gas and emit intense impulsive noise up to 260 dB every 10 to 15 seconds for several weeks.

Learn more about noise pollution and how to manage it for marine mammals in our noise management factsheet.

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