Welcome to the Salish Sea hydrophone network

Listen to the Neah Bay hydrophone

(Click above link to listen to the live Shoutcast stream with iTunes or Winamp.)

Thanks to the support of the Makah Tribe and Jonathan Scordino, Makah Tribal Marine Mammal Biologist, a hydrophone was deployed in Neah Bay during spring, 2008. The hydrophone is located near the end of the Pellet Plant dock just inside of the Bay in about 6 meters of water. From this protected location we hope to be able to hear killer whales and other underwater sound sources without expnbing the equipment to the high-energy wave environment outside the Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The current dual-hydrophone system began streaming live sound on July 7, 2008. The hydrophones were wired up by Val Veirs and deployed under the dock by Scott Veirs and Val Veirs in May, 2008. The stream is distributed by spacialnet.com for a monthly fee and supported with DSL infrastructure installed by the Makah Tribe.

Archived sounds from Neah Bay

These sounds are presented using a Flash-based player called Wimpy... You can use the above "playlist" to access all archived files.

Other links:

Makah Cultural and Research Center

The real-time streams and the Salish Sea hydrophone network are brought to you by these current Network members:
Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School
Colorado College Physics and Environmental Science Departments
Orca Network
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Orca Behavior Institute
Cetacean Research Technologies

The Network was expanded from 2006-2012 with generous support from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Other major funding has come from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Beam Reach, and Cornell University (Chuck Greene). We are working to diversify our sources of support and build resiliency into the network. If you would like to contribute financially, please consider making a donation:

Listening guidance

To listen to these links, you must be able to receive ShoutCast streams. iTunes will do the job (on Mac or Windows computers) for free, though you may need to copy the link and paste it in "Open Audio Stream" under the "Advanced" menu. Another Windows solution is the free player from Winamp.

You can also try to record the streams when you hear something that interests you. We recommend Stream Ripper (free, open source, all platforms). If you'd like to explore underwater listening even further (including sound analysis and contributions to citizen science projects), then consider taking on a Beam Reach externship in bioacoustics.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to make your recording available to the listening community by having us publish it on this web site. In any case, please abide by the Creative Commons license

Contact: Val Veirs Contact: Scott Veirs

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