Artificial noise produced by human activity at sea is threatening the balance of the ocean. This invisible source of pollution, only recently revealed by the latest technological development is affecting the whole food web, from marine invertebrates to mammals, like whales and dolphins, and beyond the survival of humanity.

The impact of manmade noise on ocean biology is an area of increasing concern to scientists, who have, until recently, lacked a consistent and standardised method of data collection and understanding. This state-of-the-art has changed thanks to LIDO (, which has helped usher in a new era for marine data resources to describe and understand marine soundscapes. This is currently the only web-based real or near-real time Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) system available, anticipating the future broad use of acoustic data at large spatial and temporal scales.

This unique approach has had significant impacts on how acoustic-based research is currently conducted worldwide.

Ear to the Wild Foundation is deploying these "smart ears" to monitor underwater fauna and prevent negative effects from human activities