Study finds ship noise disrupting humpback whale feeding

2016-08-11 10:40
(Bill Bouton, AP)

(Bill Bouton, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Concord — A study has found that noise from shipping in North Atlantic waters is impacting the feeding behaviour of humpback whales.

Writing in the Royal Society's journal Biology Letters on Wednesday, researchers found that some whales in the Gulf of Maine changed their foraging behaviour due to ship noise.

Some decreased the speed that they descended while others demonstrated fewer side-rolls — a technique used by the whales for feeding on sand lance fish.

Humpbacks migrate to the Caribbean to mate and give birth and return to New England waters in the spring to feed.

They live up to 50 years but face a myriad of threats, from ship strikes to becoming entangled in fishing gear.

One dead humpback washed up on a New Hampshire beach in June.

Read more on:    whales  |  marine life

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.