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Ocean Voices

  • 4 Oct 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom - click link in description to register

The importance of sound to cetaceans
Join us in the world of the whales

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Join us for a webinar dedicated to learning about how marine mammals rely on sound, and the impacts of ocean noise. 
We’ll be gaining from the expertise of those who listen and learn from sound in the sea:

  • Dr. Harald Yurk - Bioacoustician / Biophysical Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Dr. Valeria Vergara- Co-director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s Cetacean Conservation Research Program
  • Helena Symonds - Co-founder of OrcaLab

The content will include examples of how marine mammals use sound; the launch of two new educational animations; discussion of the cumulative effects of ocean noise on marine mammals; and efforts to research and reduce the impacts of acoustic disturbance.
Artist Dawn Dudek will also be on hand to answer questions about making the animations. 

Ocean Voices is our campaign to increase awareness of how important sound is to marine mammals. They live in a world where sound travels ~4.5 x faster and much further than in air and where noise can impact their ability to communicate, rest, mate, establish territory, navigate, socialize, hunt, and /or avoid predation and other dangers.

Acoustic disturbance can also exacerbate the impacts of other stresses and threats such as reduced prey availability and build up of toxins.

May increased understanding compel more action to reduce underwater noise such as: (1) boater compliance with distance and speed limits; (2) slow down and avoidance zones; (3) support for quieter boating technologies and practices; and (4) consumer and voter action to reduce the amount and location of large vessel traffic.

Financial support for the resources provided by the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association's Conservation Fund (NIMMSA),

Guidance and expertise for Ocean Voices provided by Helena Symonds, Dr. Howard Harald Yurk, and Dr. Valeria Vegara. 

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