Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wildlife Conservation: New York noise, a top gripe for man, now a risk for endangered whales

New York noise, a top gripe for man, now a risk for endangered whales

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Noise in New York has always grated on people and now, with the cacophony engulfing surrounding waters, it is threatening the city’s newly discovered neighbors: endangered whales.

Rare North Atlantic right whales and other species that use tonal and pulsating songs to find food and mates have been detected in New York waters by an underwater monitor that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society installed last year.

Aerial surveys since March have revealed 61 whales, including eight right whales, four sperm whales and 21 fin whales, all endangered species, as well as 15 humpback whales, according to state data.

Last week, a Wildlife Conservation Society team spotted humpback whales less than 550 yards (500 meters) from the beach in Rockaway, Queens, said senior scientist Howard Rosenbaum, co-leader of the survey.

Full story at http://reut.rs/2yonQLr

Source: Reuters

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