An ocean of sound is in your pocket! (Just select the “Listen live” button above…)
The main goal of the Orcasound web app, launched in November, 2018, is to make it easy to listen without limits to live hydrophones in your favorite browser on your favorite device. A year later we started testing new features to let you be a citizen scientist and activist: report when you hear something, and get notified about listening opportunities and conservation actions. The more-interactive Orcasound 2.0 was launched in May, 2020.
Here are recent posts about our progress that you can read while you listen for whales!
- Happy 4th! Bigg’s killer whales heard at Bush Point (7/4/2020)
- Orcasound 2.0 launched via all-virtual hackathon (5/11/2020)
- First Orcasound recording of humpback song in Haro during January! (1/8/2020)
- Quick tune-up for the Bush Point hydrophone (6/14/2019)
- Unusual SRKW calls at 2 a.m. in Haro Strait, and then ship noise (again) (3/23/2019)
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.
- 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.
- Thanks to you — we can all enjoy limitless access to listening for wildlife.
- Thanks to you — scientists, conservationists, students and citizen scientists will continue to study wildlife and collect data that they can get nowhere else.
- Thanks to you — we will be able to respond more effectively to emerging ecological disasters – like oil spills.