Short Wave: Eavesdropping On Whales In A Quiet Ocean

The pandemic has led to a drop in ship traffic around the world, which means the oceans are quieter.

It could be momentary relief for marine mammals that are highly sensitive to noise. NPR’s Lauren Sommer introduces us to scientists who are listening in, hoping to learn how whale communication is changing when the drone of ships is turned down.

Read more of Lauren’s reporting on this story here.

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This episode was produced by Abby Wendle, fact-checked by Rebecca Ramirez, and edited by Viet Le.


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