Shoo, porpoise, shoo!

Published May 14, 2020

Everyone loves por­pois­es — they’re as cute as dol­phins but with a hard­er-to-spell name. So no one wants them trapped by fish­ing nets, right?

Right. The (poten­tial) solu­tion: under­wa­ter “pingers” placed with fish­ing nets that warn off Harbour por­pois­es. Even bet­ter, University of Exeter researchers found that not only do the pingers have no neg­a­tive effects on the por­pois­es’ behav­ior (they much qui­eter than the sounds they make), fears they would become used to the sounds turn out to be unfounded.

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