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Pandemic Effects Reach Ocean Depths

A mother and calf humpback whale swim in the Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia.
Fredrik Christiansen/Functional Ecology
A mother and calf humpback whale swim in the Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia.

The global pandemic has led to a decline in ship traffic around the world, which means the oceans are quieter, given marine mammals a break from human activity.

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Lauren Sommer
Lauren Sommer covers climate change for NPR's Science Desk, from the scientists on the front lines of documenting the warming climate to the way those changes are reshaping communities and ecosystems around the world.