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Images: What Is the Sound of 130 Wind Turbines Turning?

WHOI biologist Aran Mooney is working with research specialist Laela Sayigh to record and identify underwater sounds at the site of the approved Cape Wind wind farm installation off Cape Cod, Mass. On the dock, Mooney examines one of the acoustic recorders brought back from the site after a monthlong deployment. (Photo courtesy of Laela Sayigh, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Laela Sayigh studies sounds made by marine mammals, especially by dolphins and whales in social groups. She has studied social communication in dolphins in multiple generations of wild dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida.  (Photo courtesy of Laela Sayigh)

WHOI engineer Daniel Bogorff and guest student Margot Wilsterman (Connecticut College) travel by boat to the site where 130 wind turbines will be built. They deployed a mooring with an underwater acoustic instrument that records ambient underwater sounds. WHOI researchers Aran Mooney and Laela Sayigh will analyze the data to assess and identify sounds from marine animals and human activities at the site before, during, and after construction. (Photo by Max Kaplan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The company Cape Wind has gained federal approval to install 130 power-generating wind turbines in the shallow area of Horseshoe Shoals between Nantucket Island and Cape Cod, Mass. (Base map courtesy of NOAA)