article “Whaling is a terrible thing, and I think you’d agree,” said David Bercovici, a professor of animal behaviour at the University of New South Wales.
“You’re just saying ‘don’t do it’ to animals, but the reality is that whales are very sensitive to a lot of environmental factors, and we’ve got to be careful in our own backyard and around the world about how we behave.”
Bercovicis research focuses on how noise and sound pollution impact the health and welfare of whales and other marine mammals, such as dolphins.
“We know that when people are exposed to noise, they have an adverse effect on their ability to learn,” he said.
“What we know from animal welfare studies is that if we’re making noise, we’re creating an environment that is unhealthy for them.””
Whales are an important part of Australia’s marine heritage and the National Marine Sanctuary, which is part of the Australian Antarctic Territory, protects more than 1,000 species. “
What we know from animal welfare studies is that if we’re making noise, we’re creating an environment that is unhealthy for them.”
Whales are an important part of Australia’s marine heritage and the National Marine Sanctuary, which is part of the Australian Antarctic Territory, protects more than 1,000 species.
In 2016, the sanctuary’s marine life was the subject of a $50 million federal government program to protect whales and dolphins from environmental degradation.
While the sanctuary does not have an official whale watch or whale research program, researchers have a network of contacts across the country to offer advice and support.
“Whales can be very vocal and it can be a problem because they’re very vocal,” Bercovich said.
“There are some things you can do to minimize the noise that they make.”
For example, when the sanctuary ships in a pod of whaling boats, it makes sure there is noise reduction in the pods, which are designed to be quiet, so that they can concentrate on their target.
“If you do that, you’re going to make a significant difference,” Becovici said.
But he said the best advice for whales and dolphin welfare comes from experts in the field.
“We have to be very careful in the world we live in and we have to understand what our role is in a global context,” he explained.
“That’s where we really need experts and people like you who can help us understand what’s happening around the globe.”
The Jerusalem Post has previously reported on noise pollution in the sea, and whale-watching in Australia.