Sounds like a prob­lem . . .

Otago Daily Times - - Dunedin - PHOTO: LINDA ROBERT­SON

WEST Coast artist Vicki Smith (left) and Otago Polytech­nic com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­sign aca­demic leader As­soc Prof Caro McCaw lis­ten to a record­ing trans­mit­ting in­side an um­brella in the in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion Sound­ing, in Dunedin.

The elec­tron­i­cally en­hanced um­brel­las in the ex­hi­bi­tion emit sounds in­clud­ing those of whales and dol­phins.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, made with sup­port from the GigCity Com­mu­nity Fund from Cho­rus, in­ves­ti­gates how noise pol­lu­tion af­fects the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment off Dunedin’s coast­line, par­tic­u­larly the neg­a­tive ef­fect on ma­rine mam­mals.

‘‘Sound pol­lu­tion has been linked with whale strand­ings and sci­en­tist Ken­neth Bal­comb found ev­i­dence of whales’ ears bleed­ing and brain haem­or­rhage in ex­treme cases of noise pol­lu­tion,’’ Prof McCaw, of Dunedin, said.

A rise in ma­chine noise in the sea put strain on the ecosys­tem of New Zealand’s ma­rine mam­mals, she said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was a call to ac­tion for bet­ter man­age­ment and re­search into the con­nec­tions be­tween noise pol­lu­tion and the mam­mals.

The Dunedin ex­hi­bi­tion was cocre­ated by Prof McCaw, Ms Smith, sound artist Ley­ton Glen and cre­ative tech­nol­o­gist An­drew Horn­blow.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opened at 165 Ge­orge St last week and runs un­til Oc­to­ber 15.

It has also opened at the Skin­ner An­nex, at Otago Mu­seum.

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