TED Talk: The Incredible Ways Marine Mammals Use Sound

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We know that sound is vital to marine mammals, who use it for navigating, communication with one another, hunting and more. But much of their use of sound and what different sounds mean is mysterious. Peter Tyack of Woods Hole was on the TED Mission Blue Voyage and in this short but fascinating TED talk, he explains the intriguing ways marine life uses sound. Click through to watch.

The role of sound in marine mammals is difficult to get perspective on, yet it can't be understated. From military sonar to offshore drilling to the drone of shipping vessels, we play a big and detrimental role in the daily life of whales. It's amazing to see just how important this sense is, and how easily it can be impacted.

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