Marine Mammals and Noise
- Sue Moore
- Bernd Wursig, Texas A&M University, Galveston, Texas, USA By
- W. Richardson, LGL Ltd. Environmental Research Associates, King City, Ontario, Canada
- Charles Greene, Jr., Greeneridge Sciences, Inc.
- Charles Malme, BBN Systems & Technologies Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
- Denis Thomson, LGL Ltd. Environmental Research Associates, King City, Ontario, Canada
Many marine mammals communicate by emitting sounds that pass through water. Such sounds can be received across great distances and can influence the behavior of these undersea creatures. In the past few decades, the oceans have become increasingly noisy, as underwater sounds from propellers, sonars, and other human activities make it difficult for marine mammals to communicate. This book discusses, among many other topics, just how well marine mammals hear, how noisy the oceans have become, and what effects these new sounds have on marine mammals. The baseline of ambient noise, the sounds produced by machines and mammals, the sensitivity of marine mammal hearing, and the reactions of marine mammals are also examined. An essential addition to any marine biologist's library, Marine Mammals and Noise will be especially appealing to marine mammalogists, researchers, policy makers and regulators, and marine biologists and oceanographers using sound in their research.
Paperback, 576 Pages
Published: June 1998
Imprint: Academic Press
"the text is well written and flows quite smoothly... a valuable, detailed source book for any marine biologist, and certainly for marine mammologists, be they field researchers or agency officers and administrators. Strongly recommend."
Praise for the Book , --JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 1997
"...provides a comprehensive review of the effects of man-made noise on marine mammals... very timely given the growing interest and concern about underwater noise as a form of habitat degradation in the marine environment. I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in bioacoustics, marine biology, or the conservation of marine animals. It will be the standard reference for a large body of literature..."
--ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 1997
"A very readable text and specific topics are quite easy to locate...The authors are to be congratulated for the depth of their research and particularly for the clarity and objectivity of their presentation of what is a technically complex, sometimes emotive and frequently misinterpreted subject area... Thoroughly recommended reading and an excellent reference."
--David Goodson, Loughborough University, in AQUATIC MAMMALS
- Preface.Introduction.Acoustic Concepts and Terminology.Measurement Procedures.Sound Propagation.Ambient Noise.Man-Made Noise.Marine Mammal Sounds.Marine Mammal Hearing.Documented Disturbance Reactions.Zones of Noise Influence.Significance of Responses and Noise Impacts.Conclusions and Data Needs.Literature Cited.Appendices:Common and Scientific Names of Marine Mammals.Acoustical Glossary.Subject Index.