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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Evening Program on an Introduction to Sound in the Sea

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Date: July 7, 2009
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421

Many land and sea creatures use sound to communicate and sense the world around them.  By using similar techniques, researchers can use sound to start to unravel the mysteries of the sea.  Join senior scientist Kenneth G. Foote of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a free, one hour presentation on an Introduction to Sound in the Sea at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 14 at Salt Pond Visitor Center.

As a physicist, Foote has been working in the area of underwater sound for over 30 years.  He has worked nationally to estimate the locations and sizes of fish populations.  This information can then help resource managers make decisions on how to sustain fisheries.

This upcoming program is part of the annual “Tuesday Evening Series” at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.  Held weekly at 7 PM in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs cover the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages, free of charge and accessible.  The series is sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO:  Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421.  The center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning.  Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles and games.  For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.



Did You Know?

directional compass

Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.