We all know that the oceans are getting more and more polluted by industrial waste and other human pollutants, and that this is contributing to the dessimation of many marine species, but did you know that our waters are also polluted with noise?
The International Fund for Animal Welfare says that underwater noise from ships, oil drilling, naval sonar, and other industrial-related noise is affecting the lives of whales. According to IFAW, the noise levels in the water are disruptive to the whales when feeding and mating. In some regions, the noise is deafening.
Scientists are working with governments to try to reduce the speeds of ships in order to elliminate some of the noise in the waters.
Maybe that's what whales are trying to communicate to us. Recently, whales have been singing their whale songs near the New York City harbour, much to the excitement of scientists. Check out this story.