Hearing in Marine Animals

  • W.L. Whitlow Au
  • Mardi C. Hastings
Part of the Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing book series (MASP)

Part I consisted mainly of the necessary background materials that are needed tools in order to make bioacoustic measurements, perform psychoacoustic experiments, and discuss topics in marine bioacoustics. In the second part of this book, we will examine the marine animals themselves and discuss hearing and sound production mechanisms, characteristics and function of sounds.

Hearing in Dolphins

All of our knowledge of hearing in cetaceans comes from studies with small odontocetes. The most studied dolphin is the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus. This species also happens to be the most common species in oceanariums, aquariums, and theme parks. Despite the amount of research performed with Tursiops, there are still many gaps in our knowledge of auditory processes. Much of the auditory research with dolphins has followed along the lines of human auditory research, but at a much slower pace and with considerably less intensity.

Hearing Sensitivity

Sensitivity to Continuous...


Sound Pressure Level Bottlenose Dolphin Beam Pattern Interaural Time Difference Ringed Seal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W.L. Whitlow Au
    • 1
  • Mardi C. Hastings
    • 2
  1. 1.Hawaii Institute of Marine BiologyUniversity of HawaiiKaneoheUSA
  2. 2.Applied Research LaboratoryPenn State UniversityUSA

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