Study shows that lobsters can detect sound, and raises concern about impact of anthropogenic noise

Study shows that lobsters can detect sound, and raises concern about impact of anthropogenic noise

Credit: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Public DomainA new study demonstrates that lobsters can detect low-frequency sound and suggests that anthropogenic noise could affect lobsters. \"We found that the lobsters' frequency of sound detection overlaps the frequency of the buzzing sounds that they produce. Jézéquel said this \"raises clear concerns\" about the potential impact of anthropogenic noise on these lobsters because anthropogenic noise overlaps with the frequency range of lobster sound detection, which is in the range of 100-200 hertz. \"This study is a preliminary step to understanding the impact of anthropogenic noise on lobster behavior,\" he said. Among anthropogenic noise sources, pile driving is a major concern because of the high intensity of sound that it releases underwater.

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