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Can You Hear Me Now?

The city of La Jolla, Calif., has a problem with seals coming out of the ocean onto a children’s beach, so the city parks department set up loudspeakers to play the sounds of barking dogs to scare the animals back into the ocean. Locals wanted to know how loud the speakers were. “Loud, up to 109 decibels and will be adjusted accordingly,” a parks official told the mayor — as loud as a rock concert. But when the local newspaper asked for the same information, the exact sound level was deleted, so the paper asked for clarification. A cranky city official responded, “Loud enough to be heard by up to 200 seals on the beach. Volume will be adjusted according to number of seals, proximity to seals, loudness of surf, direction of wind, atmospheric conditions and other factors that will be assessed on a timely and need-to-freaking-know basis.” (RC/San Diego Union-Tribune) ...OK then. Thanks!
Publication Date: 09 August 2009
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 16.

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