Vahdet AYAZ, (DHA) | Saturday, April 17, 2021 – 16:24 | Last Updated: 17 04 2021 – 16:24
Scientists working on global underwater maps announced that noise pollution in the oceans decreased due to the decrease in human-induced sounds in the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic. Experts believe that this silence in 2020, which they declared as the ‘Year of the Silent Ocean’, will provide a positive development especially for creatures that need sound in communication and direction finding.
Oceans became silent in 2020, with quarantines imposed due to the coronavirus epidemic. According to the researches of scientists, noise pollution caused by ship engines, oil platforms, submarine mining and other human-made sounds in the oceans decreased significantly during the epidemic period. Experts believe this ‘silence’ could provide invaluable comparative data for an unplanned experiment on how it affects whales, corals and other marine species.
NOISE POLLUTION IN THE OCEANS WAS A CONCERN
‘PREPARE FOR EXCITING RESULTS’
Jesse Ausubel, Director of the Human Environment Program at Rockefeller University, said, “Be prepared for exciting results. The oceans are unlikely to be as quiet as April 2020 for decades to come. The sound is mild in the oceans. For many animals it lights up the ocean. Animals, to communicate, to hunt. they use voices and they can be damaged by excessive noise, “he said.
REQUIRED FOR A NATURAL EXPERIMENT