The Pacific Ocean off the Oregon Coast is really loud.
Photo by Erica Harris / Oregon State University
That’s the finding of scientists working for Oregon State University, NOAA and the federal Energy Department.
For the past year, they’ve been listening to sounds picked up by a hydrophone sunk in about 50 meters of water, just off Newport. What they’ve recorded is a vigorous symphony of natural and man-made noises.
Joe Haxel is a Senior Faculty Research Assistant, and part of the team conducting this study. He spoke with us from OSU Media Services in Corvallis about the sounds they’ve picked up.