Welcome to the Salish Sea hydrophone network

A growing coalition of scientists, educators, and citizens are working together to expand a regional hydrophone network in the Salish Sea. This site is part of the SeaSound Project of The Whale Museum and is an experiment in sharing real-time underwater sound. The goals are to monitor the critical habitat of endangered southern resident killer whales to detect orca sounds and measure ambient noise levels.

Listen live via the links in the table or in the pop-up description you get by clicking the green markers on the map. For some hydrophones you can also watch live video from nearby (by clicking on the camera icons). The other icons show other hydrophones in the region that have not yet been networked.

Listening challenge: Help notify researchers when orcas are in the Salish Sea. If you hear killer whales please email detection@orcasound.net or log your observations in a collaborative Google spreadsheet. Use the Salish Sea sound tutor to learn to tell which pod is present based on the calls they use most often. Use web cams and other real-time sensors around the Salish Sea to figure out what else you might be hearing.

If you don't hear anything interesting live, you can hear archived sounds in the "greatest hits" player below, or via the sound archive links in the table. You can also read about past events and acoustic analyses in the blog -- http://orcasound.net/wp/activity


View Salish Sea Hydrophone Network in a larger map
Click on the links in this column to listen to underwater sound from each location.
(If the link doesn't work, see the listening guidance below.)
Follow links in this column to explore archived sounds and details about the hydrophone location.

Listen to OrcaSound on San Juan Island

Watch live video from ~300m south of the OrcaSound hydrophone (offline July 09)
(courtesy of the Center for Whale Research)

Listen to Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island

Listen to Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Watch live video from the Port Townsend Towercam
(located a few km to the south of the hydrophone; KX-HCM280A Panasonic Network Camera with West-East presets: 8 = Keystone; 3 = Point Hudson; 5 = Marrowstone Point)

Listen to the Seattle Aquarium

Listen to Neah Bay

(With thanks to the Makah Tribe and Jonathan Scordino.)
The real-time streams and the Salish Sea hydrophone network are brought to you by our project partners at each node and the administrative team:
Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School
Colorado College Physics and Environmental Science Departments
The Whale Museum of Friday Harbor

With generous support from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). 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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Other marine audio streams

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Hydrophone network sounds by http://orcasound.net is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.