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July 05, 2020 - MEAWW

Humpback whales' swimming speed, feeding and resting behaviors disrupted by loud tourist boats: Study

Humpback whales' swimming speed, feeding and resting behaviors disrupted by loud tourist boats: Study
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Whale watching offers enthusiasts a glimpse into the secret lives of ocean giants but that comes at a cost. According to a new study, humpback whales find the noise emitted from the tourist boats intrusive. It sends them into a frenzy, ultimately affecting their feeding and resting behavior.

The researchers from Aarhus University arrived at these findings after studying how mothers and calves respond to various noise levels. These findings raise questions on what it could mean in the long-term for the population: "Are the calves smaller and are they more likely to die? Are they more likely to not make it through the first journey to the feeding ground?" Dr. David Lusseau, Professor of Behavioural Biology at the University of Aberdeen, told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW).

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