A study published in Science magazine shows that human noise in the oceans has become unbearable for marine animals. The cacophony of industrial sounds makes animals unable to communicate, hunt or avoid predators. This threatens entire ecosystems.
Ships, powerful drilling hammers, radars, and underwater explosions while searching for natural resources are causing the problem. According to researchers, it applies not only to mammals or fish living underwater, but also to sea turtles, birds, seals, and walruses. Study co-author Carlos Duarte of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology believes that human noise is destructive to animals, from individuals to entire populations, and is a worldwide problem.
The research came at just the right time. In January, the United Nations called on governments to strictly protect 30% of their land and sea area. The problem indicates that this is the right decision.