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updated 7.12.15



Scientists at the Sea Mammal Research Unit of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have found that the hearing of harbor seals could be damaged by offshore turbine construction, which produces some of the loudest man-made sounds underwater.
According to a Scottish Oceans Institute news item, the implications of these findings are that regulators and industry may need to investigate both the reduction of sound levels and the deterenece of seals from risk zones. The abstract of the technical article in the Journal of Applied Ecology has been placed online.

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