ACOUSTIC VOCALIZATIONS OF DOLPHINS AND EFFECTS OF ANTHROPOGENIC NOISE
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The effects of anthropogenic noise on acoustic communication among cetaceans have become an increasing concern because cetaceans use acoustic communication as a major part of their interactions. Human contribution to the ocean’s noise pollution is dominated by sounds from shipping, oil and gas development, defense-related and research activities, as well as many other activities both recreational and scientific. The concern is that the continuous increase of activities and volume in the ocean is masking communication among cetaceans and, in turn, can be affecting populations, foraging habits and social behavior. By analyzing acoustic recordings from populations of dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth in Greece and comparing the results with previous analyses carried out in Hong Kong, I describe potential variations among communication between local delphinids due to effects of ambient noise and propose improvements and/or regulations that can help decrease man-made noise.
Bosquez, Joclyn Destiny (2014). ACOUSTIC VOCALIZATIONS OF DOLPHINS AND EFFECTS OF ANTHROPOGENIC NOISE. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from