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The U.S. recently released a strategy to study and quiet the rising cacophony of underwater noise pollution. But in the absence of widespread regulation, some researchers are holding out hope that whales might be able to adapt in order to make their voices heard.

The U.S. recently released a strategy to study and quiet the rising cacophony of underwater noise pollution. But in the absence of widespread regulation, some researchers are holding out hope that whales might be able to adapt in order to make their voices heard.

PHOTOS: Dead Sea Lion washes up on north side of Three Tree Point - It’s unknown when this marine mammal died, or what the cause was. However, Jamie at the Marine and Science Technology (MaST) Center in Des Moines told us that Orcas have been swimming around the area, and they are known to be predators to Sea Lions.

PHOTOS: Dead Sea Lion washes up on north side of Three Tree Point - It’s unknown when this marine mammal died, or what the cause was. However, Jamie at the Marine and Science Technology (MaST) Center in Des Moines told us that Orcas have been swimming around the area, and they are known to be predators to Sea Lions.

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This Prehistoric Shark Was So Enormous, It Ate Whales For Lunch

Ocean acidifying 10 times faster than anytime in the last 55 million years, putting polar ecosystems at risk

Ocean acidifying 10 times faster than anytime in the last 55 million years, putting polar ecosystems at risk

In this 2007 file photo, Steller sea lions dive off a rock haulout. Two thirds of marine mammal deaths and serious injuries from human interactions during a recent five-year period were of Steller sea lions, a new NOAA report says. Vladimir Burkanov / Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Service

In this 2007 file photo, Steller sea lions dive off a rock haulout. Two thirds of marine mammal deaths and serious injuries from human interactions during a recent five-year period were of Steller sea lions, a new NOAA report says. Vladimir Burkanov / Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Service

The identification of a new species belonging to the marine mammal group Desmostylia has intensified the rare animal's brief mysterious journey through prehistoric time, finds a new study.  Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-10-fossils-mystery-short-lived-toothy-mammals.html#jCp

The identification of a new species belonging to the marine mammal group Desmostylia has intensified the rare animal's brief mysterious journey through prehistoric time, finds a new study. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-10-fossils-mystery-short-lived-toothy-mammals.html#jCp

A mother lifts her calf out of the water on her back in the second photo; the Killer whale on the far left can be seen of another calf's carcass killed just minutes earlier. Photo via S. Wenngren/Marine Mammal Science.

Why Are Killer Whales Suddenly Hunting Humpbacks?

A mother lifts her calf out of the water on her back in the second photo; the Killer whale on the far left can be seen of another calf's carcass killed just minutes earlier. Photo via S. Wenngren/Marine Mammal Science.

Conservationists are urging the Mexican and Chinese governments to take action to save the world's most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise.

The world's smallest porpoise is in trouble. Can the 'little cow' be saved?

Conservationists are urging the Mexican and Chinese governments to take action to save the world's most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise.

Officers with NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) will soon begin seasonal summer patrols in Haro Strait around Washington’s San Juan Islands. They will be enforcing special Federal regulations designed to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales by keeping boat traffic at a safe distance from the whales. http://sanjuanislander.com/news-articles/environment-science-whales/whales-2/22208/noaa-killer-whale-patrols-begin-in-san-juan-islands

Officers with NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) will soon begin seasonal summer patrols in Haro Strait around Washington’s San Juan Islands. They will be enforcing special Federal regulations designed to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales by keeping boat traffic at a safe distance from the whales. http://sanjuanislander.com/news-articles/environment-science-whales/whales-2/22208/noaa-killer-whale-patrols-begin-in-san-juan-islands

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