Here’s the deal, guys. Seismic air gun testing is this totally bullshit method of searching for oil reserves in the ocean floor or something. It’s not important, look it up on Wikipedia.
What IS important is that air guns are so bone-crushingly, pants-poopingly loud that in an underwater environment, they’re all you can hear. Bad news for whales and dolphins, who primarily communicate through sound. And the buck, unfortunately, does not stop there: the sound is so loud that it actually destroys the sensitive ear bones in most whales.
The Northern Atlantic Right Whale is on the recovery: there are over 400 individuals now, up from 200 or so in the 1990s. But air gun testing might mean a bad turn for the population. Environmental assessments conducted by the companies interested in air gun testing have estimated that almost 200,000 whales and dolphins, beautiful, happy, and intelligent creatures, could be injured by the air guns.
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