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July 08, 2019 - BBC

Mussels stressed by underwater noise from ships

Mussels stressed by underwater noise from ships
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Scientists said that while this was not "immediately dangerous" for the creatures, it could affect growth and may even help explain a decline in mussel banks in some areas of the UK.

Previous studies have looked at how noise affects larger marine creatures, such as whales and dolphins. Now marine scientists from Edinburgh's Napier and Heriot Watt universities are looking at the impact on mussels. Despite the molluscs not having ears, the researchers found they can detect changing sound levels in their environment.

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