Nothing much to do with Phong Bui.
From Leslie Allen's short piece "Drifting in Static", in the January 2011 issue (print and online) of National Geographic:
The ten listening buoys now bobbing in Massachusetts Bay could actually help the animals.
Which speakers who come to English as a second language have the easiest or most difficult time with this word? What's it like for somebody who has spent a childhood deep in French or Catalan or Malayalam?
As for Allen's piece, it is interesting to think about how sea creatures fared when all the ships had sails. I wonder if Melville ever thought about the effects of man-made sounds.