Our noise bothers overlooked seafloor critters

Creatures that live on the seafloor play vital roles in marine ecosystems, but human-made noise can alter their behaviors.

Stick your head underwater and you’ll quickly discover that the ocean has a soundtrack. Waves crash, whales sing, and occasionally, an underwater earthquake rumbles from the depths. Over the last century, however, human activities have added to the din, with consequences for marine mammals and fish

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The researchers exposed animals like brittle stars to common anthropogenic noises. (Credit: Hans Hillewaert via Wikimedia Commons)