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Drowned Out

People are noisy and that’s bad news for whales.


Put on your headphones

If you’re a whale, you use your ears to navigate. Unfortunately, humans can have a hard time seeing all the noise they make, and what it’s doing to the world of sound.

Christopher Clark can explain. He’s a senior scientist in bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is part of a “listening culture” of scientists. And he knows a lot about whales.

This is an audio story about listening. To occupy your eyes: A NASA visualization of ocean surface currents around the world — because, if you’re a whale, that’s your home.