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Bioacoustic alarms are sounding on Cape Cod

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and its Marine Mammal Rescue Team in Yarmouth, Mass. have responded to a record high of more than 464 marine mammals stranded on Cape Cod since January this year. Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) believe patterns from animal sound data may be the key to curbing these numbers.

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IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue Team and volunteers respond to a  stranding of four common dolphins on Scussett Beach, Cape Cod in 2018- their 5000th response since the beginning of the Cape Cod Stranding Network. (Photo courtesy of © IFAW)
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A bowhead whale breaches the surface of the cold waters near Point Barrow, Alaska. (Photo by Kate Stafford, University of Washington)
Mark Abbott is the tenth director in WHOI’s 89-year history. (Photo by Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Clownfish on their anemone in the lagoon around Kimbe Island in Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Simon Thorrold, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
A whale shark swims near Shib Habil reef in the Red Sea. (Photo by Simon Thorrold, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
The crew and science team on R/V Neil Armstrong deployed newly designed, 60-foot spar buoy for sea trials about 100 miles south of Cape Cod. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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An emaciated, entangled North Atlantic right whale swimming with fishing trap rope around both flippers, through its mouth, and dragging behind it. Image: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, NOAA Permit #594-1759
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WHOI deep-sea biologist Taylor Heyl (in foreground) explores Lydonia Canyon in the OceanX submersible <em>NADIR</em>  during a dive in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument. (Photo by Luis Lamar for National Geographic)
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The fate of emperor penguins is largely tied to sea ice, making them particulary vulnerable to warming. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Jenouvrier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
A swordfish swims near the ocean’s surface off the coast of Miami, Florida. Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Washington tagged a group of five swords there to track their movements in and out of the ocean twilight zone, a dimly-lit layer of the ocean between 200 and 1000 meters deep (656 to 3,280 feet). (Photo by Steve Dougherty Photography).
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Bred in darkness, raised to kill, this is the fearsome viperfish -  <em>Chauliodus sloani</em>. (Photo by Paul Caiger, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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