Booming in the Gulf

 

How does the Gulf sound? 

"The noise levels we've seen in the Gulf of Mexico are out of control, they are the highest we've seen anywhere in the world" -Kait Fraser

We caught up with Kait Fraser at the GOMRI 2016 conference in Tampa, Fl, and you can listen here. Kait presented her findings on the sounds of whales, dolphins, ships and seismic crews in the Gulf of Mexico. The Scripps Ocean Institute's research is the first to use passive acoustic monitoring in the Gulf and, while Kait and colleagues are hearing more dolphins, Sperm Whales, Pan Tropical Dolphins, Russo's dolphins, than have ever been seen from ships, there are some sounds that endanger the dolphins hearing. 

Greenpeace has produced a video on the impacts of seismic exploration, so you yourself can hear the underwater noise here.

There is so much to hear down below, and Kait explains the process of lowering a device to the bottom, as well as how the sounds can tell the story of season dolphin and whale migration.  She also explains the discovery of a whale call previously unknown to science.

Scott Eustis is GRN's Coastal Wetland Specialist

Recent Posts

A Community Engagement Meeting on the flood control project for the Pearl River (One Lake...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Thursday, 26 April 2018
On April 19th, Gulf Restoration Network released a new report - “ Oil and Gas...
Written by Raleigh Hoke
Thursday, 19 April 2018
The Mississippi Water Resources Conference happened in Jackson on April 3-4 and provided many presentations...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Friday, 06 April 2018
The Yazoo Backwater Pumps project is a 77 year old Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps)...
Written by Cyn Sarthou
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
The Florida Legislature has been on an anti-environment tack for most of the past 15...
Written by Christian Wagley
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
In Houston, Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters displaced tens of thousands of residents, flooded more than 70...
Written by Raleigh Hoke
Friday, 23 March 2018
Mississippi’s elected leadership may be getting a better understanding about how river flow and oysters...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

SHARE THIS PAGE