Radiated noise from commercial ships in the Gulf of Maine: implications for whale/vessel collisions.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To understand mysticete acoustic-based detection of ships, radiated noise from high-speed craft, cruise ships, catamarans and fishing vessels was recorded June-September 2009. Calibrated acoustic data (<2500 Hz) from a vertical hydrophone array was combined with ship passage information. A cruise ship had the highest broadband source level, while a fishing vessel had the lowest. Ship noise radiated asymmetrically and varied with depth. Bow null-effect acoustic shadow zones were observed for all ship classes and were correlated with ship-length-to-draft-ratios. These shadow zones may reduce ship detection by near-surface mysticetes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Allen, JK; Peterson, ML; Sharrard, GV; Wright, DL; Todd, SK

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 132 / 3

Start / End Page

  • EL229 - EL235

PubMed ID

  • 22979837

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-8524

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-4966

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1121/1.4739251


  • eng