A research project led by the University of Auckland's Institute of
Marine Science hopes to confirm
that large marine
creatures such as whales, sharks and dolphins use hearing as a way of locating
They will play back recordings of prey in the water and track how whales respond to them.
The world-first study, beginning next year, has the potential to reveal
important insights into the relationship between large organisms and their food
sources - and whether noise from humans can be a barrier.