Welcome to the Salish Sea hydrophone network

Salish Sea sound tutor

Here are some resources with which you can hone your skills while listening to the Salish Sea hydrophone network.

Southern Resident Killer Whales sounds | Common natural sounds | Anthropogenic sounds | Mystery sounds | Fish sounds | Other killer whale sounds

Categorized (common) calls of the southern resident killer whales

Other natural sounds commonly heard in the Salish Sea

Get familiar with these sounds. You'll probably hear them often!

Sounds made by human activities

Anthropogenic sounds are underwater noises made by humans. Please send us a note if you hear military sounds, like sonar!

Mystery sounds

We're not sure what made these sounds. Please send us a note if you recognize the source!

These resources may help you identify a mystery sound, or learn to listen even better:

Fish sounds?

Not much is known about the sounds made by fish in the Pacific Northwest. However, many fish and invertebrates make sound in other parts of the ocean. Can you identify who is making any of these noises?

Catalogs of sounds made by other killer whales

Southern Resident Killer Whales sounds | Common natural sounds | Anthropogenic sounds | Mystery sounds | Fish sounds | Other killer whale sounds

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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