Underwater Boom Boxes

Think of them as a matched pair of undersea loudspeakers, one sunk off the coast of California near Big Sur, the other near the Hawaiian island of Kauai. A blast from one of these big woofers would be loud enough to be heard in the water for thousands of miles--and loud enough to damage or destroy the hearing of any animal that swam too close.

That's a problem for some marine biologists and a lot of whale lovers. Both groups came to Washington last week to speak out against an experiment involving the boom boxes. The $35 million project, set up...

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