NOISE POLLUTION RESEARCH
Noise pollution affects sea turtle behavior because turtles can hear between 100-800 frequencies. This is within the range of human voice, so the turtle species can hear us! And because sound travels faster in water than in air, the impact of noise pollution on sea turtles is almost immediate. Noise pollution comes from man-made sound sources, such as airguns from seismic surveys, drilling and fracking from oil and gas production, motor engines from boats and wind farms, cars from traffic, and even human conversations. Therefore, volunteers are conducting acoustic research with sound meters and hydrophones (underwater microphones) to assess the potential human impact on sea turtle basking behavior.
- Holtz (2021) Influence of environmental and anthropogenic acoustic cues in sea-finding of hatchling leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles
- Elliott (2019) Critical information gaps remain in understanding impacts of industrial seismic surveys on marine vertebrates
- Tyson (2017) Novel Bio-Logging Tool for Studying Fine-Scale Behaviors of Marine Turtles in Response to Sound
- Nelms (2016) Seismic surveys and marine turtles: An underestimated global threat?
- Piniak (2013) Hearing in the Juvenile Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas): A Comparison of Underwater and Aerial Hearing Using Auditory Evoked Potentials
- Williams (2015) Impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine life: Publication patterns, new discoveries, and future directions in research and management
- DeRuiter (2012) Loggerhead turtles dive in response to airgun sound exposure
- Piniak (2012) Underwater hearing sensitivity of the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea): Assessing the potential effect of anthropogenic noise
- Viada (2007) Review of potential impacts to sea turtles from underwater explosive removal of offshore structures
- Samuel (2005) Underwater, low-frequency noise in a coastal sea turtle habitat