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Hydrophones pick up sonar pings in WA waters

Hydrophones pick up sonar pings in WA waters

by Tim Flanagan on February 12, 2012

The Associated Press has this story in the Seattle Times:

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Hydrophones near Washington’s San Juan Islands have picked up dozens of sonar pings, raising worries the noise could harm marine mammals.

The coordinator of the Salish Sea hydrophone network, Scott Veirs, says at least 82 mid-frequency sonar pings were recorded early Monday. He says one observer found a Canadian navy vessel entering Haro Strait as she heard pings on the hydrophone located at nearby Friday Harbor, Wash.

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