Using sound to harmonize human-animal interaction
Sound plays an integral role in both human and animal lives—it helps individuals maintain social bonds, care for young, navigate, find food, avoid predators and monitor the world around them. At Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, our bioacoustics program studies how marine animals produce and are affected by sound.
Since humans use the ocean for a variety of activities—food, recreation, energy production, transportation and military maneuvers—our research seeks “win-win” solutions that allow humans and marine life to thrive together while sharing the seas.
By understanding how marine life uses sound for communication and survival, our scientists work with anglers, industry resource managers and our collaborators to minimize injuries and mortality from human impacts to dolphins, killer whales, polar bears and other marine life. This not only includes addressing the negative impacts of human-produced noise, but also the potential life saving benefits of sound as a way to warn marine life away from hazardous situations.
With your help, we can create a healthier ocean where humans and marine life thrive together.
Core Research Themes
- Cetacean Communication – Development and Social Context
- Killer Whale Vocal Development and the Importance of Social Context
- Comparative Research on Links Between Behavior and Vocalizations – Killer Whales, Belugas and Pilot Whales
- Vocal Development of a Gray Whale Calf – Lessons from a Unique Rescue
- Effects of Human-Made Noise on Wildlife
- Updates on Marine Mammals Noise & Acoustic Criteria
- Military Jet Overflights and the Threatened Mexican Spotted Owl
- Military Helicopter Overflights and Threatened and Endangered Songbirds
- Off-Highway Vehicle Noise and Wildlife in the California Sierras
- Applied Research on Marine Mammal Perception
- Behavioral Audiometry of the Polar Bear towards Science-Based Exposure Guidelines
- Hearing and Vocal Behavior of the Short-finned Pilot Whale – Possible Links
- Bioacoustic Tools for Studying Marine Life and Preventing Human Impacts
- Behavioral Responses of Marine Mammals to Pingers and Fishing Gear
- Pinnipeds and Tracking Pingers – Detection and Reaction