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1 Test audio/video

2 Announcements Yes, today’s material will be on the exam Monday: In-class review for exam Please remember to do course evaluations for all instructors at

3 Acoustics and Biology Acoustics loudness (intensity) and pitch (frequency) How to read a spectrogram Use of sound by marine animals Predation and defense Echolocation Communication and social interaction Signal-to-noise ratio Man-made sounds and their effects on animals

4 T a Anatomy of a sound wave a = amplitude of wave T = period of wave f = frequency = 1/T λ = wavelength (= cT = c/f, where c is sound speed)

5 Amplitude determines sound level pressure, this determines loudness These waves have the same frequency and wavelength but different amplitude a a a = amplitude

6 Loudness (Amplitude, sound level) SL(dB)=20 log 10 (P/P ref ) SL(dB)=10 log 10 (I/I ref ) Chart shows loudness in dB of some familiar sounds Sound levels in air and water have different reference levels, so 0 dB (air) ≈ 26 dB (water)

7 Frequency determines “pitch” T T These waves have the same amplitude but different period, frequency, and wavelength Frequency f = 1/T, wavelength λ= c/f

8 Larger instruments produce lower frequencies Pitch (frequency) Instrument dB Bass drum35-115 Piano 60-100 Trumpet55-95 Violin42-95 Voice40-90

9 Marine animal sounds are made up of multiple frequencies The sound spectrum gives the pressure level at each frequency Intensity pressure 2 SL [dB] = 10 Log 10 (I/I 0 ) SL [dB] = 20 Log 10 (P/P 0 )

10 Worcester & Spindel 2005 Spectrogram shows how sound spectrum changes over time

11 Some fish use sound for courting and as a fright response A fish example of sound use: Atlantic Croaker

12 Snapping shrimp make noise to stun their prey. They create a cavitation bubble that “snaps” as it collapses. claw crab An invertebrate example: snapping shrimp

13 Toothed (odonticete) whales Smaller (1.5 to 17 m long) Social Most are not migratory Chase and capture individual fish, squid, crabs Echolocate, communicate Baleen (mysticete) whales Larger (15 to 30 m long) Often solitary Long annual migrations Feed on aggregations of krill, copepods, small fish Communicate long-distance

14 Toothed (odonticete) whales Baleen (mysticete) whales

15  Toothed whales  Baleen whales Baleen whales Toothed whales

16 Dolphins live in social groups that stay together 5-10 years. They have “signature whistles” that can be used to recognize individuals at distances of >500 m. Time (s) Frequency (Hz) Social calls - sound for communication

17 Whale can determine distance, angle, size, shape, etc. from sound echoes Echolocation using echoes from sound pulses or clicks

18 Mellinger 2007 Echolocation frequencies Toothed whales Baleen whales do not echolocate. Why not?

19 1. They don’t produce high enough frequencies Baleen whales produce low-frequency sounds with long wavelengths. Wavelength determines the minimum echo detection distance. Frequency f (Hz)Wavelength λ (m) 10150 10015 1,0001.5 10,0000.15 100,0000.015 Minimum echolocation frequency Food too far away OK

20 Toothed whale prey: Squid and large fish More likely to be solitary Good acoustic targets (squid pens and fish swim bladders have density different from water) Baleen whale prey: Plankton and small fish More likely to aggregate Poorer acoustic targets (density similar to water) Baleen whale prey Toothed whale prey 2. Baleen whale prey (krill, copepods) are poor acoustic targets

21 -Hydrophones and 3D accelerometers in a waterproof, pressure-resistant case with suction cups -Sneak up on whale, attach D-Tag -Record audio, pitch, roll, heading, depth -Tag pops off, floats to surface 18 h later Mark Johnson with D-Tag A cool invention for listening to whales: acoustic whale tag

22 Toothed whale foraging: Beaked whales dive deep to find prey Natacha Aguilar de Soto Peter Tyack et al. Yellow indicates echolocation

23 Baumgartner and Mate 2003 Colors: copepod concentration (#/m 3 ) —: whale trajectory --: bottom of mixed layer  : Times of visual contacts  : Times of CTD+OPC cast (OPC = Optical Plankton Counter) Baleen whale foraging: Right whales dive to bottom of the mixed layer where plankton are most concentrated

24 Blue whales migrate and need to communicate over long distances

25 High-frequency sounds are absorbed more quickly Absorption of sound in SOFAR channel Because baleen whales have long, solitary migrations, they need to use low frequencies to stay in communication. Because toothed whales move in groups, they can use high frequencies without losing communication.

26 Transmission loss: Sound signal loss of intensity due to cylindrical spreading, spherical spreading, and absorption Blue whale Dolphins

27 Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) SNR in decibels indicates how much of the signal can actually be heard over the background noise level. For communication, need a minimum SNR of 3 to 5 dB. A good SNR is 20 to 30 dB. A negative SNR(dB) indicates no signal gets through.

28 Baleen whales Toothed whales Seals, sea lions, and walruses Manatees and dugongs Echolocation (toothed whales) earthquakerainfall Marine mammal sound levels are generally between 100 and 200 dB

29 Airgun 10 to 500 Hz Up to 232 dB Outboard engine 6,300 Hz Commercial Ship 10 to 20,000 Hz Low-Frequency Active Sonar 100 to 500 Hz 230 to 240 dB These are loud enough to damage tissues and cause hearing loss These add constant background noise Man-made noise in the ocean

30 Before motors ~30 dB After motors ~75 dB Since the invention of propeller-driven motors (~150 years ago), Background noise level in the ocean has increased by ~45 dB Lowest background noise f has dropped from ~100 Hz to ~7 Hz Before motors ~100 Hz After motors ~7 Hz

31 Blue whale song 20 Hz, ~155 dB Pre-motor noise level 30 dB Whale song stays above ambient noise level for ~2,000 km e.g. San Diego to Seattle (area ≈10,000,000 km 2 ) Current noise level 75 dB Whale song stays above ambient noise level for ~60 km e.g. New Brunswick to NYC (area ≈10,000 km 2 ) Blue whale Can use transmission-loss curves to calculate the effective communication range

32 Range of effective communication for blue whale singing at 20 Hz and 155 dB Range before mid-1800s Current range (yes, that tiny speck)

33 Potential effects of man-made sounds on marine mammals Disruption of feeding, breeding, nursing, acoustic communication and sensing Psychological and physiological stress Temporary or permanent hearing loss or impairment Death from lung hemorrhage or other tissue trauma

34 Noise-induced mass strandings Mass strandings associated with Navy sonar activity The Bahamas (2000): 14 beaked whales, 1 spotted dolphin, 2 minke whales Bleeding in ears The Canary Islands (2002): 14 beaked whales Gas bubbles and bleeding in multiple organs Mass strandings associated with air guns Tasmania and New Zealand (2004): 208 whales and dolphins Senegal and Madagascar (2008): > 200 pilot whales and melon-head whales

35 A great source of information on sound in the ocean:

36 Humans use acoustics to understand whales. Are the whales doing the same to us? Captive beluga imitates human voice!

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