French biologist Michel André, discovered that some whales have defects and traumas within their inner ears. This is in part due to excessive noise generated by commercial ship traffic and sonar applications. These traumas disable their low frequency hearing and thus unable them to hear approaching ships which results in collisions that cause both human and whale loss of life. In layman’s terms we got deaf whales ramming ships, people! This gets a little weird but to make a long story short (yeah right) Michel in collaboration with a folk drummer from Senegal isolated distinct patterns in whale communication (deep bong hit here) and incorporated it into a passive whale detection system that not only detects clicks unique to whales but also ambient echoes from silent whales. Michel André and his company Sons de Mar are currently looking for funding to implement a global WACS (Whale Anti-Collision System) which hinges on humanity giving a rats ass about a bunch of whales. Good luck Michel.