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Remote detection sonar threatens the oceans

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Remote detection sonar threatens the oceans

Dr. A. J. Godknecht

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CITES Appendix II to finally include whale sharks and basking sharks

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Shark Research Trip to the Gulf of Mexico (Part II)

Dr. A. J. Godknecht, Dr. G. D. Guex

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Cuban dogfish

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Remote detection sonar threatens the oceans

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The sonar system consists of the receiver SURTASS (Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System), and the active LFAS (Low Frequency Active Sonar) transmitter.

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The U.S. Marines and recently NATO have been testing a sonar system which can detect submarines over long distances and which in the future is expected to cover 75% of our oceans. The technology which makes this possible is low frequency active sonar (LFAS) which works at an output sound level of more than 215 decibels. A sound pressure level of 140 decibels, for example from a gunshot, can still be measured at a distance of 380 km away. Such acoustic detonations, even if only brief, are dangerous for living organisms and pose a threat not only to whales and dolphins but also to sharks and bony fish.



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