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Listening In

Listening In

November 18, 2014

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate Max Kaplan positions a DMON acoustic recording device on Helen Reef, the southernmost island of Palau, in the far western Pacific. The DMON records sounds produced by reef fish and invertebrates. On a recent cruise aboard R/V Alucia, recorders were deployed across the Palauan archipelago, where members of WHOI scientist Anne Cohen’s lab have found some of the most acidic reef environments in the world. Max’s recording devices will use sound to assess ecosystem health in these low pH environments. Helen Reef is mostly closed to fishing and and a critical habitat for many large fish. Funding for the cruise was provided by the Dalio Foundation, Inc.(Photo by Pat Lohmann, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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