Orcasound app

An ocean of sound in your pocket!

Goal: make it easy to listen without limits to live hydrophones on your favorite device, plus report when you hear something, and get notified about exciting sounds paired with conservation actions.

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Thank you to 224 backers who raised $20k via the Orcasound Kickstarter!

If you missed it, you may always make a tax-deductible or alternative contribution via our donate page.


The wildlife of the Salish Sea is at risk and you can help

Hydrophones give you the power to know what’s happening under and above our waters. Listening to orcas, quieting noisy boats or sonar, and vigilantly monitoring the soundscape: for distressed animals, vocalizing humpback whales, soniferous fish, and more. With Orcasound, we have an acoustic window into an ecosystem that’s unreachable by most.

Donate $10 or more today to preserve the Salish Sea, our wildlife, and your access to exciting live and recorded ocean sounds

There is a bright future for you, whales, dolphins, researchers, students and other citizens – if you can help. Your contribution helps upgrade the aging hydrophone network so we can listen without interruptions – from your phone or computer, on a boat or on the bus. By listening to our live audio streams, you can also help us monitor the Salish Sea for threats and fascinating ecological events. Without the real-time data from Orcasound we’re deaf to what’s happening NOW in an entire ecosystem.

Without your donations, the Salish Sea will go without this vital technology

Thanks to you, we met our 2017 goal of raising $15,000 upgrade the Orcasound cyberinfrastructure.  By helping us get halfway to our stretch goal of $25,000, you have started the process of repairing and replacing our hydrophone/hardware.  Since our initial U.S. governmental funding dried up, citizen scientists and dedicated donors have kept the hydrophone network from shutting down.  Contribute today to ensure we have the resources to keep the hydrophones online, and even expand their listening range.

With your help, you can monitor the Salish sea for threats and listen to fascinating ecological events

From midnight orca serenades to dangerous military sonar – there is an ocean of sound waiting to be heard by you. When you become an Orcasound citizen scientist and listen for the whales, you help scientists learn when and where orcas migrate, how they communicate and forage, and what noises might be impeding the recovery of this endangered species.  Along the way, you’ll learn how to identify sonar and other noises, and have opportunities to act to reduce such ocean noise.  You might even be the first to hear or identify an ocean sound for the first time!  The mysterious habits, behaviors and patterns of sea life and Nature can be discovered with your help.

  1. Thanks to you, we can build a new tool to influence local decision making on vital environmental polices, like regulation of ship noise and local use of mid-frequency sonar
  2. Thanks to you, we can all enjoy limitless access to listening for wildlife.
  3. Thanks to you, scientists, conservationists, students and citizen scientists will continue to study wildlife and collect data that they can get nowhere else.
  4. Thanks to you, we will be able to respond more effectively to emerging ecological disasters – like oil spills.

5 thoughts on “Orcasound app

  1. Momo says:

    HI and thank you…
    So curious…
    How is this going–is it helping? How can we listen? What are the results being used for?
    What is the situation with Navy sonar testing? Has that had an actual impact on the Orcas or other sea mammals in Salish Sea?

    1. Scott Veirs says:

      Hi, Momo. It’s going pretty well though it is *tricky* to get audio data from the ocean to the wide variety of browsers on the even wider range of devices being used these days. Now you can listen with iTunes, but soon you’ll be able to listen within your web browser. Stay tuned!

      Results are used for lots of science and conservation. We’re tracking how loud it is underwater. We’re listening for interesting sounds, which can lead to researchers or educators having a chance to respond rapidly (e.g. conduct other studies when a species of interest is detected, or interpret a live broadcast for visitors at an aquarium).

      Our listeners often report hearing dangerous sounds and we try to stop them. On example is mid-frequency sonar and other Naval sounds. There’s strong evidence that sonar has caused mass strandings in other parts of the world. There’s less strong evidence that sonar testing and training has impacted Salish Sea marine mammals. Here’s a chronology of the events we’ve heard (and in some cases helped mitigate) — https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_YFwuky35k1X-5YDu0Nn0hu10KhX88ZYA3JPoL_-mb4/edit?usp=sharing

      Happy listening,
      Scott (in Seattle)

    1. Scott Veirs says:

      Hi Elysse — Keep an eye on orcasound.net/blog where we’ll announce when the web app is launched. Right now we are still in development and expect to beta-test with our Kickstarter backers later this month.

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