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VIDEO: The power of sound

Jenni Stanley is a scientist with the Passive Acoustic Research group at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the research arm of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries in the Northeast.

Her research is focused on recording and analyzing natural and man-made sources of underwater sounds and how those noises affect marine life.

This NOAA Sanctuaries video has more about Stanley’s project:

NOAA reports that human-generated noise can affect an animal’s ability to navigate, find food, communicate and avoid predators; the impact affects the relationships between groups of animals, as well as between mothers and offspring, and lowers the chances of survival and potentially causes physical injury, such as hearing loss.