How are whales affected by ocean acidification?



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    Some research has recently been released suggesting that ocean acidification can harm a whales hearing. Boric acid formed in the water interrupts sound waves. 

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    Actually, courkent, ocean acidification is not likely to cause much damage to whales’ hearing (it actually states this in courkent’s citation also..), according to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Tim Duda (a scientist from WHOI studying sound propagations in the ocean), explored the idea that acidification may harm whales’ hearing, and found it to be false after undertaking a study. Acid in the ocean will cause more Carbon Dioxide to be released in the water, which will actually be able to carry sound FARTHER underwater! This does little to change whale’s hearing itself, but may confuse them since they rely on sound to navigate and hunt, and now they will be susceptible to hearing so much more in farther proximities rather than their normal ranges.

    How ocean acidification affects the sea in other ways, that could be a different story.

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