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Ships’ noise hinders whale communication

Anyone who lives near a busy highway can sympathize with the North Atlantic right whale: Research released Wednesday shows the leviathans off New England’s coast are subject to such a constant undersea din it is difficult for them to hear each other most of the time.

It is a hazard that could be hindering the critically endangered species’ ability to navigate, avoid predators, and care for calves.

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