Did you know that the ocean is super loud? Many people don’t think of oceans as noisy places, but they are! Many invertebrates, fishes, and marine mammals produce sound—and that makes the oceans quite noisy places! We are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what these sounds can tell us.
In this eight-week course, we will explore how sound works in the ocean, how scientists are studying noise in the ocean, and what we’ve discovered so far. We will discuss how and why marine invertebrates, fishes, and mammals produce sound—and we’ll be listening to many different sound clips along the way! We will also explore what sound can tell us about different marine organisms and ecosystems.
Sometimes, the ocean can be so loud that it disturbs humans! But, oftentimes, humans are the ones disturbing the ocean soundscape with loud machinery. We’ll discuss how humans are impacting the auditory component of the ocean and what can be changed to minimize our effects.
Join us to listen to snaps, thumps, crackles, grunts, pops, and more!