Sailors Use Heavy Metal To Deter Orcas From Their Boats
Imagine you’re out on your boat fishing and all of a sudden a huge thump hits your boat. It rocks the boat so hard you worry about damage. What is it? Orcas or better known as killer whales. This is happening more often than you think off the Iberian coast. But how are they trying to deter them?
Heavy Metal Music To Deter Killer Whales – Crank It Up!
Sailors are getting tired of the killer whales bumping their boats and they’re not fighting back. How? They’re playing heavy metal music. The New York Times talked to a sailor that said they turned to heavy metal music to deter them. They would blast the music through underwater speakers to try and scare off the orcas. The sailors created a lengthy heavy metal playlist to use to play underwater.
Are Killer Whales Turned Off From Heavy metal Music? Is It Working?
Business Insider talked to the director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. His name is Andrew Trites. Andrew says that blasting heavy metal music in the water isn’t a good idea at all. It’s not really deterring the orcas away from them. It actually alerts the whales of the boats location. Trites told Business Insider, “Initially, the playing of loud sounds underwater might mask the signature sounds of sailboats, but ultimately the whales would catch on and use it to more easily locate vessels playing it.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says that noise polluting the waters is a major issue for ocean wild life already, so blasting heavy metal into it isn’t helping at all. As it does with humans, it is doing the same with the ocean life. When we go to a heavy metal show, we shout, scream, mosh, and more. It causes us to get riled up and aggressive. Image the same with a killer whale?
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