MOREHEAD CITY — Seismic surveying emits underwater noise to detect oil and gas deposits beneath the sea floor. Scientists know the noise affects whales and dolphins, but now there is new evidence showing how it disrupts fish using the reefs. UNC-TV Science's Frank Graff talks with Avery Paxton, marine ecologist and Ph.D. candidate with the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, to learn more.
The graphic below shows researchers' images of the reef before and after a seismic test.
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