Beached Whales: Is Human Noise Responsible? – Wednesday 13th November 2013, 6pm
Every year the news reports that large groups of whales and dolphins are beaching and dying on beaches across the World. Whilst the majority of these tragic events have natural causes, evidence also suggests that exposure to sounds such as naval sonar can cause some groups of marine mammals to beach.
Conservation groups have a strong interest in understanding the problem and reducing the number of whale deaths by beaching. Stacy’s research follows individual whales using sound- and movement-recording tags and investigates what happens if these animals are exposed to sonar sounds.
Stacy will describe how the experiments were carried out, how the data from observation of a small number of whales can be interpreted, and finally how the results should inform whale conservation and management.
This event takes place in the relaxed atmosphere of Dundee Science Centre’s infusion cafe.
Everyone is welcome. Non-bookable. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.