Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Marvin Gaye and The Ocean Do Not Mix

Back in the day, whale mating was a conducted like whispered poetry. Now however, due to a progressively changing world, whale’s courtship is performed in hollered prose! Does this ring a bell to you?

Because of the heightened amount of undersea oil excavation, shipping traffic and wind farms, the endangered North Atlantic right whales are having to practically scream their mating calls, in order to avoid being silenced forever.

In fact, their call is over ten times louder than that of fifty years ago! In an effort to adapt to this new bustling environment, studies are showing that the whales’ “upcalls” have become less intricate and are repeated more often-sort of like “a human being forced to shout.”By emitting much louder noises or calling at a higher frequency, the whales are demonstrating their need for room in an environment that’s slowly cramping their space...and their love lives.

Scientists are noticing a similar pattern in oceans all over the world and are warning that sooner than later, the whales aren't the only ones who will be hitting the high notes. Have YOU helped save the world today?

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