Underwater sound is a complex topic, requiring a foundation in multiple sciences to fully comprehend. It becomes even more complicated when animals are exposed to anthropogenic sounds. Scientists are just beginning to explore the questions that need to be answered. The scientific process is at work, and it will take time to get these answers, but progress is being made, with new discoveries occurring all the time. While many uncertainties remain about how underwater sound affects marine life, enough is known to be able to say that some concepts are true-”facts”- and some concepts are false-”myths”. Separating fact from myth is not always obvious, especially in the internet era. Below is an exercise to test your impressions.
This quiz focuses on underwater sound – what is known and what is not known. Your challenge is to determine whether each statement listed below is a fact (something that has been verified to be accurate through the scientific process) or a myth (something that is believed to be false). Once you decide, click on the gold “See the Answer” box and you will get the accurate response along with links back to DOSITS content where you can learn more on each topic.