Human Noise Could Threaten Reef Fish
Source: United Press International
August 5, 2010
Increasing human noise pollution in the world's oceans could be leading fish away from good habitats to their deaths, U.K. researchers say.
A team from the University of Bristol working on Australia's Great Barrier Reef says baby fish, after developing for weeks in the open ocean, use natural noises to find the coral reefs where they survive and thrive, a university release said Tuesday.
But they found that even short exposure to artificial, human-caused noise led the fish to become attracted to inappropriate noise sources.
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