Field tests in the Gulf of Mexico suggest that sperm whales there don't swim away from boats conducting seismic surveys of the seafloor. However, the surveys' noise—typically generated during the hunt for oil and natural gas deposits—may be having subtle effects on the whales' feeding behavior.
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