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Why Don’t Whales Deafen Themselves?

Whales have a lot of the same ear parts as humans, but they are capable of making sounds that could easily shatter a human’s eardrums. So why are they seemingly immune from their own sense-shattering sounds?

Special thanks to Ted Cranford, Ph.D. from San Diego State University and Aude Pacini, Ph.D. from The University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Sources:

Special thanks to Ted Cranford, Ph.D. from San Diego State University and Aude Pacini, Ph.D. from The University of Hawaii at Manoa for their time and insights!

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1749-4877.12286
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160331-the-worlds-loudest-animal-might-surprise-you
https://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/harmful-noise-levels-topic-overview

How does sound in air differ from sound in water?


https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/acoustics.htm
http://ocean.si.edu/blog/whale-earwax-what-you-can-learn-strange-collections
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0118582
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150311-whales-hearing-underwater-ears-echolocation-ocean-animals-science/
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/Acoustic%20Guidance%20Files/opr-55_acoustic_guidance_tech_memo.pdf

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