Property Partner: Oakwood Properties
The Undermarket - 177 George St
29 September – 8 October 2017
FrequenSea aims to make this invisible underwater world of marine noise pollution visible to all visitors. The exhibition is an interactive, community project. Together we will create a tangible representation of the underwater world beyond the Otago coastline to see the effects of marine traffic on our whale and dolphin neighbors.
Awareness that the world extends beyond what we experience through our human senses is often lost. From the moment we are born, our perception is constrained by our body’s limited ability to sense our surroundings. We lack specialized anatomy to see outside of the visible spectrum, pick up scent a mile away, or hear one another across entire ocean basins.
When prompted to imagine sounds of the ocean, thoughts of seagulls crying out, waves crashing against the shore and crabs clicking as they scuttle to the safety under the next rock may come to mind. Yet, these sounds are still part of our familiar home on land. Actually dive beneath the water’s surface and everything begins to change. The water engulfs you and our senses fail to preform in this underwater environment.
Unlike us though, whales, dolphins and porpoises rely heavily on their ability to use acoustics to navigate, forage and communicate in their underwater world.
However, the world’s oceans are getting louder and louder - and cetaceans are suffering the consequences. Ocean drilling, commercial shipping, construction and many other man-made activities are interfering with the ambient levels of marine noise these animals are used to. The increase in underwater noise pollution, not only cripple their ability to traverse the sea, but they may be suffering from direct physical effects as well.
Photo: Southern Right Whale, Credit: Trudi Webster