Manatee Alerting Device

Edmund Gerstein claims to have invented a "Manatee Alerting Device" (aka MAD) that, when attached beneath a boat, will emit a beam of sound alerting manatees to get out of the way. But it's controversial. Other researchers insist the device will just add more noise to an already noisy underwater environment. It would be like "putting a siren on every car on a highway." And that manatees wouldn't be able to tell where the sound is coming from.

Complicating the controversy, it turns out Gerstein has a history of advancing unorthodox manatee theories. Back in the 1990s he claimed to have discovered that manatees can hear high-speed boats better than low-speed ones. His claim was promoted by boaters who wanted no speed regulations, but after paying tens of thousands of dollars on extra manatee research, the state of Florida decided Gerstein was wrong. He was also busted for faking a degree. Which is why researchers aren't exactly welcoming him with open arms now.

More info:

"Demonstration of an acoustic warning system to alert manatees" [pdf]

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 18, 2017
     Category: Animals | Inventions

When this item first popped up, I though it said "Manatee Dating Device." Perhaps that's a good place for Gerstein to focus his efforts.
Posted by Virtual on 08/18/17 at 04:05 PM
The solution is easy - ban power boats on the inland waterways where the manatees live.

Who could say no to a face like that? They're so cute and inoffensive!
Posted by KDP on 08/18/17 at 04:46 PM
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