In the marine environment, acoustics is of paramount importance. However, the world’s oceans are getting louder and louder and the ocean noise pollution severely impacts marine life. Sound events such as the acoustic “fog” generated by increased ship traffic hinder marine mammals’ localization of their prey. Additionally, they collide with ships which they discern only too late.
Sperm whales are counted among the endangered species in the Mediterranean Sea. The key population of 200 animals in the Hellenic trench is essential to the continued existence of the Mediterranean population. Yet just this population is highly threatened by underwater noise as the main ship route in the Hellenic trench crosses their habitat.
Help OceanCare speak up for the Mediterranean sperm whales and campaign for the establishment of a marine protected area. Sperm whales rely on you!