Sounds of the City Below

June 29, 2016

Scientists from WCS and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute have successfully deployed a hi-tech acoustic monitoring buoy in the waters off New York.

The New York Bight is home to seven species of great whales. The buoy, which you can learn more about (and name) on our Blue York website, will help researchers better understand the movements of, and threats to, the whales nearby.

"The acoustic buoy data will help us to better understand when and where whales are present in New York's waters, particularly in those places where we have little information on how whales are affected by ship traffic and ocean noise," said Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Director of WCS's Ocean Giants Program and co-lead of the joint WCS New York Aquarium-WHOI project. "When used in conjunction with other surveys and technologies, this buoy will give us a more holistic picture on how whales use this marine habitat, and how to better protect whales in our own backyard."

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