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J pod calls in Haro Strait and on the shelf

2012/02/17 in Acoustic analysis, Network news, Orcasound lab, southern resident

Below are a bunch of southern resident killer whale calls that were just auto-detected at the Orcasound hydrophones (~5km north of Lime Kiln). They include S1, S2, and S10 calls. No calls have been detected yesterday or earlier today at any of the 5 locations in the Salish Sea Hydrophone Network, so these calls are most likely from J pod whales heading south in Haro Strait.

J pod calls were also detected recently on the NEPTUNE Canada hydrophone located on the upper slope of Barkley Canyon (just outside the Strait of Juan de Fuca). You can listen live for them there or play this recording of what they sounded like on 2/6/12 at 00:23 (about 5 hours before the Canadian sonar pings were heard around the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca).

31 Detections


2012-02-17 01:19:04
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2012-02-17 01:20:26
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2012-02-17 01:20:41
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2012-02-17 01:20:56

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2012-02-17 01:21:11
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2012-02-17 01:21:26
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2012-02-17 01:21:50
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2012-02-17 01:22:07
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2012-02-17 01:23:17
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2012-02-17 01:23:32
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2012-02-17 01:24:15

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2012-02-17 01:25:09
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2012-02-17 01:28:16
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2012-02-17 01:29:42
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2012-02-17 01:30:18
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2012-02-17 01:32:31
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2012-02-17 01:33:31
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2012-02-17 01:35:40

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2012-02-17 01:36:04
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2012-02-17 01:36:19
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2012-02-17 01:36:57
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2012-02-17 01:39:53
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2012-02-17 01:43:34
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2012-02-17 01:44:52
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2012-02-17 01:47:15

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2012-02-17 01:47:30
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2012-02-17 01:48:08
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2012-02-17 01:48:23
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2012-02-17 01:49:32
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2012-02-17 01:51:01
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2012-02-17 01:54:28
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Endangered orcas in Haro Strait 18 hours after sonar use

2012/02/08 in Acoustic analysis, Lime Kiln State Park, Network news, Orcasound lab, southern resident

Sounds of southern resident killer whales were detected late in the night on Monday (2/6/12), the same day that the Canadian frigate Ottawa used sonar in their U.S. critical habitat. The calls most often used by K and L pods were automatically detected first at the Orcasound hydrophone array (around 22:45) and then on the hydrophones at Lime Kiln State Park (23:04-23:14), suggesting that the pods were heading south during that period.

The calls recorded at Orcasound are interesting in part because they are audible over a continuously squeaking ship that has peak power in the frequency range of the calls. The most recognizable call in this set of detections is the S16 call which often indicates the presence of K pod.

The Lime Kiln recordings have much less ship noise. Many S19 calls are audible (indicating L pod may have been present), along with whistles, buzz trains, and some S10 calls. Around 23:11 the signal to noise ration is very good during a series of excited variable and S19 calls that are interspersed with echolocation clicks.

37 Detections


2012-02-06 22:41:58
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2012-02-06 22:42:13
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2012-02-06 22:46:09
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2012-02-06 22:46:24

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2012-02-06 22:47:47
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2012-02-06 23:04:02
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2012-02-06 23:04:12
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2012-02-06 23:04:42
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2012-02-06 23:04:52
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2012-02-06 23:05:02
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2012-02-06 23:05:12

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2012-02-06 23:05:29
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2012-02-06 23:06:21
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2012-02-06 23:06:36
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2012-02-06 23:06:46
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2012-02-06 23:07:59
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2012-02-06 23:09:08
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2012-02-06 23:09:23

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2012-02-06 23:09:33
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2012-02-06 23:09:43
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2012-02-06 23:09:53
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2012-02-06 23:10:32
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2012-02-06 23:10:42
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2012-02-06 23:10:52
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2012-02-06 23:11:02

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2012-02-06 23:11:13
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2012-02-06 23:11:23
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2012-02-06 23:11:38
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2012-02-06 23:11:48
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2012-02-06 23:11:58
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2012-02-06 23:12:26
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2012-02-06 23:12:36

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2012-02-06 23:12:47
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2012-02-06 23:12:57
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2012-02-06 23:13:22
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2012-02-06 23:13:32
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2012-02-06 23:13:47
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Canadian sonar in U.S. waters

2012/02/06 in Acoustic analysis, Anthropogenic noise, Lime Kiln State Park, Network news, Orcasound lab, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, sonar

HMCS_OTTAWA

The frigate HMCS Ottawa (credit: marinetraffic.com)

Mid-frequency active (MFA) sonar pings were detected this morning (Monday, 2/6/12) on the Salish Sea Hydrophone Network by Jeanne Hyde and signal processing computers. Utilizing online ship tracking data from the Automatic Identification System, Jeanne found the Canadian Naval vessel HMCS Ottawa (MMSI 316195000) entering Haro Strait as she continued to hear “pings” from its SQS 510 (V) mid-frequency active sonar on the live hydrophone located at Lime Kiln State Park. Her experience is detailed on her blog, Whale of a Porpoise.

Here’s an example of what she heard: a single ping from the SQS 510 sonar.

Jeanne’s recording (below) begins at 04:49 and ends at 05:39.  82 pings occur in the first 38.25 minutes of the recording, resulting in an average ping rate of 1 ping every 28.35 seconds.  Extrapolating back to the first automated detection of a ping (at Lime Kiln) at 04:42:50, there were likely at least 14 pings emitted before Jeanne started recording.  So, the minimum total number of pings emitted is 96.

41-minute recording of 82 pings (15 Mb mp3 file) by Jeanne Hyde from the Lime Kiln live hydrophone stream

This is the first detection of Canadian MFA sonar on our hydrophone network, and — to our knowledge — the first time Canadian sonar has been used in the U.S. critical habitat of the Southern Resident killer whales, an iconic marine mammal population that is listed as endangered on both sides of the border. While policies guiding Canadian Naval use of mid-frequency sonar in U.S. critical habitat are not clear to us, there is guidance on the web regarding Canadian use of Canadian Low Frequency Active (LFA) Sonar (at least in the Atlantic).

SQS 510 sonar on a Halifax hull

SQS 510 sonar on a Halifax hull (credit: hazegray.org)

As a start to evaluating the potential acoustic impacts of this incident, we report here on the preliminary hydrophone and vessel location data collected by the Network during this incident, including: human detections and recordings; automated detections and recordings; and AIS data logged at the Lime Kiln. We are also aggregating information from regional sighting and listening networks about species that may have been ensonified. As additional data and analyses become available, updates will be posted here. Authors of this analysis are bioacoustians: Jason Wood, Research Associate with The Whale Museum; and Scott Veirs, of Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School.

Below are the compressed (mp3) recordings and coarse spectrograms of the sounds that were auto-detected this morning. They begin with a series of low frequency sounds and echoes that may have been from an impulsive source, like a detonation or explosion. Then the series of high-frequency pings occurs between 4:42:50 and 5:08:17 at three network locations: Lime Kiln (13 pings), Port Townsend (1), and Orcasound (1). While we are not yet sure if pings were detected at Neah Bay or on the NEPTUNE Canada hydrophones located near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, it appears that the sonar ensonified a good portion of the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca and southern Haro Strait.

First there were 4 detections of explosive sounds (3/12/2012 update: 5 detections)

Note of clarification added on 2/9/12 at 13:30: In the following table of audio recording files and spectrogram images, the “node” or hydrophone location is denoted with “lk” meaning Lime Kiln State Park, “os” meaning Orcasound (5 km north of Lime Kiln), and “pt” meaning Port Townsend Marine Science Center. The “dB” label offers an estimate of the 30-second average (RMS) received sound pressure level at the time the recording was triggered, and therefore should not be taken as an indication of the receive level of any particular sound heard within the recording (i.e. an explosion or sonar ping) The trigger label indicates whether the sound was recorded because it was exceptionally loud (“PWR”) or because it had the changing pitch and duration typical of a killer whale call (“PKT”).

3/12/2012 update — 1 Detection at Orcasound (~5km north of Lime Kiln)


2012-02-06 04:31:05
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3/12/2012 update — The Lime Kiln recordings were made from a single Reson TC4032 (on both channels in the stereo recordings). The single detection at Orcasound does not match the arrival times of auto-detected explosive-sounds at Lime Kiln within the few seconds that would warrant estimation of the bearing to the source (or at least suggest whether the source was north or south of the hydrophones. The only explanation for the distinct arrival times are: (1) the sound source was too faint to be detected at both locations; (2) the computer clocks were not synchronized to NIST (though software was installed to do so at all hydrophone network locations); or (3) (more likely) something caused the longer-term mean receive level to rise at LK or OS to the point that the PWR trigger threshold was exceeded only at the quieter location when a given explosive-like sound arrived.


2012-02-06 04:32:37
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2012-02-06 04:33:08
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2012-02-06 04:38:35
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2012-02-06 04:39:07
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Then there were 14 detections of sonar pings

Note of clarification added on 2/9/12 at 13:30: In the following table of audio recording files and spectrogram images, the “node” or hydrophone location is denoted with “lk” meaning Lime Kiln State Park, “os” meaning Orcasound (5 km north of Lime Kiln), and “pt” meaning Port Townsend Marine Science Center. The “dB” label offers an estimate of the 30-second average (RMS) received sound pressure level at the time the recording was triggered, and therefore should not be taken as an indication of the receive level of any particular sound heard within the recording (i.e. an explosion or sonar ping) The trigger label indicates whether the sound was recorded because it was exceptionally loud (“PWR”) or because it had the changing pitch and duration typical of a killer whale call (“PKT”).


2012-02-06 04:42:50
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2012-02-06 04:43:44
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2012-02-06 04:44:12
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False positive deleted…

2012-02-06 04:44:41
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2012-02-06 04:45:35
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2012-02-06 04:46:32
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2012-02-06 04:47:00
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2012-02-06 04:48:01
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2012-02-06 04:48:52
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2012-02-06 04:49:22
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2012-02-06 04:57:50
node=os dB=126 trigger=PKT

2012-02-06 04:57:55
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2012-02-06 05:05:56
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2012-02-06 05:08:17
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While it is possible that other vessels were involved in the sounds recorded this morning, the location and public description of the Ottawa are consistent with what was heard. We are particularly curious about the source of the explosive sounds heard before the sonar pings.

According to hazegray.org, the Ottawa is a multi-role patrol frigate (FFH [Cardinal Mark N; Eog BEOFOR, "Ocean Beaver"?]) Halifax class vessel, 134 m long and X 16 m wide, displacing 4,470 metric tons, with maximum speed of 29+ knots and a compliment of 225 sailors. It carries two sonar systems: the hull-mounted mid-frequency SQS-510 and the low-frequency SQR-19(V) w/CANTASS towed array.

AIS systems report that it was last in port in San Diego, has been operating in the north Pacific, and was bound for Esquimalt mid-morning today. The “show track” feature of marinetraffic.com revealed mid-day today this track from 21:15 2/5/12 through 08:52 this morning (2/6/12).

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Track of the Ottawa into the Salish Sea

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Ottawa's track in critical habitat

A rough chronology from combining acoustic detections and AIS data (Google spreadsheet embedded below) suggests the following sequence of events. After steaming through the night through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Ottawa slowed down near Race Rocks and turned into the waters south of Victoria. It then reacted — possibly to detonation-like sounds that were auto-recorded at Lime Kiln — and then changed speed and course, began pinging, crossed into U.S. waters, turned northward at near maximum speed, stopped pinging and slowed down as it crossed over Middle Bank, proceeded further north, and then turned back to return to the Canadian waters south of it’s home port of Esquimalt.

Ottawa track with estimated sonar start and stop locations

Ottawa's track with estimated sonar start and stop locations.

A 50 millisecond sample of the starting frequencies of an example ping had peak power at 7042 Hz with a secondary peaks at 1523 Hz, 12615 Hz, and 21171 Hz (see figure below from Audacity). The peak power frequency is consistent with the 2-8 kHz frequency range specified for the SQS 510 sonar system, which is manufactured by General Dynamics Canada. Each ping had high intensity receive levels for ~0.5 second duration and pings were separated by about one minute.

Sonar spectrogram

Spectrogram of a typical ping.

Further details regarding the expected source and receive levels from the SQS 510 can be derived from its 1997 description in the book “The Naval Institute guide to world naval weapons systems, 1997-1998.” While it is likely that the system has been up-dated since 1997, this general description provides helpful characteristics:

SQS-505/509510/Type 5051

SQS-505 is the standard Canadian surface-ship sonar. Its 36 stave [10 elements/stave] cylindrical transducer (4ft dia x 4 ft) produces 35 10×10-deg beams at 6.4, 7.2, or 8.0 kHz [bandwidth 400 Hz divided into sixteen 25-Hz channels for each beam]. Modes: ODT, triple RDT (TRDT), directional transmission (DT), ASPECT, and swept FM (wide-band mode). Pulse lengths: 2.5, 10, 40, 480 msec. Source level: 126 dB (ODT), 135 dB (TRDT, DT). Signal processing: matched filter with time, function automatic gain control (TFAGC) or incoherent (wide-band) processing. Nominal range is 200-32,000 yd (range scales 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 kyd). Target Doppler can be up to 40 kt. Passive operation: 10 kHz. Track capacity is five targets.
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The (V)6 version for the “City” class has new transmitter and receiver (source level 133 dB, pulse length 10 or 40 msec). Active frequencies match those of earlier versions, but passive frequency is reduced to 4.5 kHz and there is a steerable passive mode.
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Our next steps are to estimate calibrated receive levels during the event and to gather more information about animals that may have been exposed to harmful sound levels. We may also attempt to estimate the approximate location of the explosive sounds.

In the interim, please report any observations of injured or stranded marine mammals in U.S. waters to NOAA by calling their hotline: 1-800-853-1964. Report unusual behavior or strandings in Candian waters to DFO by calling their hotline: 1-800-465-4336.

California sea lions bark into hydrophones

2011/11/07 in Acoustic analysis, Orcasound lab

Early this morning, a couple hours before sunrise, the repeated barks of a California sea lion were recorded automatically on the Orcasound hydrophones. This is the first time I can recall California sea lions being recorded in Haro Strait. The automated detections (tabulated below) were recorded from 04:47:49-04:55:33 PST.

11 Detections


2011-11-07 04:47:49
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2011-11-07 04:48:04
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2011-11-07 04:49:42
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2011-11-07 04:50:09

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2011-11-07 04:50:24
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2011-11-07 04:51:22
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2011-11-07 04:54:08
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2011-11-07 04:54:23

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2011-11-07 04:55:03
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2011-11-07 04:55:18
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2011-11-07 04:55:33
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Jeanne Hyde was awoken by the sounds and recorded most of the event which included some loud (close?) barks and a few lower-frequency sounds — perhaps the barks of a more distant sea lion. Her continuous recording (04:49-04:57 PST) reveals that the sea lion made many calls in bursts of 1-3 (mostly 2) barks, for periods of 15-30 seconds, typically followed by a 5-10 second break that often included a low-frequency sound (like groans). Within each burst barks were separated by 0.4-0.5 seconds, while bursts were separated in a sequence by 0.5-0.7 seconds. After about 4 minutes of this barking pattern, there was a 100 second quiet period, followed by another 2.5 minutes of barking during which the intensity slowly fades.

California sea lion barking in Haro Strait (by Jeanne Hyde)

During the burst sequences the mean calling rate was ~1.2 barks/second — a rate that is midway between the underwater bark rates of a calm (1.0 barks/second) and aggressive (1.4 barks/second) adult male California sea lion (Schusterman, 1977). This suggests the barking sea lion in Haro Strait was in a moderately energetic behavioral state. This barking rate is also the best evidence we have that the barking was happening underwater; Schusterman (1977) noted that the in-air barking rate for a given behavioral state was 2x the underwater rate, and ventured that this — combined with the rarity of bubbles being emitted — suggested the sea lions recycle their air during underwater barking!

Spectrogram of sea lion barks & grunt

The barks have strong harmonic structure with the fundamental ranging from 500-700 Hz. The groans are not harmonic and have most of their power between 300 and 800 Hz. Other recordings of California sea lions randomly found on the web seem to have bark fundamental frequency ranges that are a little lower (200-500 Hz for barks and 200-600 for groan from naturesongs.com). Perhaps this suggest that the sea lion this morning was not an adult, or was a female instead of a male?

There were no transient vocalizations or clicks auto-detected before or after the sea lion sounds, either at Orcasound or Lime Kiln (5 km to the south). It is fascinating to learn from Schusterman et al. (1972) that the audiogram of Zalophus californianus (shown below) is pretty flat and most sensitive from 500 Hz to 30 kHz, but then becomes much less sensitive very quickly near 35 kHz. This extension of their hearing sensitivity way beyond their bark and groan frequencies suggests there is strong natural selection for the ability to hear at the peak power frequencies of killer whale echolocation clicks (20-50 kHz).

California sea lion audiogram (Schusterman et al., 1972)

I didn’t find a lot from a quick web search for underwater sea lion barking, but there is this fun video with audio that sounds similar to our recordings: http://jackiehildering.smugmug.com/Animals/Steller-sea-lions/11380690_d8BPVm#!i=800065493&k=VbmZE Notice how the CA sea lion barks get a bit less intense when the animal in frame turns its head away from the camera. Filmed by Jackie Hildering off of Northern Vancouver Island, these sea lions are highly habituated to humans due to interactions at the local fish processing plant.

Finally, thanks to Jackie for this link to a National Geographic News article about the southern resident killer whale (L98 “Luna”) imitating CA sea lion barks — http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/08/060824-barking-whale.html The underlying study, by Andy Foote was published in 2006 and documented vocal learning in young killer whales.

Dawn chorus at Lime Kiln and Orcasound

2011/10/11 in Acoustic analysis, Lime Kiln State Park, Network news, Orcasound lab, southern resident

Meg McDonald was first this morning (at 5:02 PST) to detect faint calls of southern resident killer whales at Lime Kiln. Val’s WhoListener program confirmed her report with detections from 504-555. There were plenty of clicks mixed in with the S2/3/16+ calls, so one might infer there was some fishing going on under the setting full moon. (Anyone have an underwater photograph of that?!)

Calls and more clicks were detected by WhoListener 46 minutes later at Orcasound (641-759). So I infer that the southern residents were traveling slowly north in Haro Strait without being spread out over more than a couple kilometers. (Orcasound is 5km north of Lime Kiln.)

The automated detections are tabulated below as spectrogram clips and short mp3 recordings. Let us know what calls you hear in the comments. My quick sampling suggested there were some variable calls that I don’t hear very often and am unsure about categorizing…

25 Detections


2011-10-11 05:05:04
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2011-10-11 05:05:43
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2011-10-11 05:32:43
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2011-10-11 05:35:12

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2011-10-11 05:44:00
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2011-10-11 05:44:17
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2011-10-11 05:44:39
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2011-10-11 05:44:49
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2011-10-11 05:44:59
node=lk dB=97 trigger=PWR


2011-10-11 05:46:31
node=lk dB=108 trigger=PKT


2011-10-11 05:47:09

node=lk dB=102 trigger=PKT


2011-10-11 05:47:19
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2011-10-11 05:55:41
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2011-10-11 06:41:56
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2011-10-11 06:44:23
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2011-10-11 06:52:32
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2011-10-11 06:53:54
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2011-10-11 06:54:36

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2011-10-11 06:54:51
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2011-10-11 07:00:05
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2011-10-11 07:39:33
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2011-10-11 07:45:36
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2011-10-11 07:55:01
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2011-10-11 07:55:56
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2011-10-11 07:59:45

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Superpod southbound since Stuart

2011/10/05 in Acoustic analysis, Lime Kiln State Park, Network news, Orcasound lab, southern resident

Yesterday (10/4/11) there were many southern resident killer whale calls automatically and manually detected and recorded on first the Orcasound hydrophones (82 detections from 14:34-16:08 PST) and then the Lime Kiln hydrophones (30 detections from 15:36-16:33). The spectograms and recordings are tabulated below. I heard a lot of S2, S16, and S19 calls along with many clicks. This is consistent with the reports of all three pods by John Boyd on Facebook.

The Beam Reach students observed the orcas at Turn Point at 12:45 (Latitude: 48.69506 Longitude: -123.23662) during a CTD cast. The whales traveled south and southeast, pretty spread out. Meg McDonald heard them first at Orcasound at 14:34 and Lon Brockelhurst reported calls at Lime Kiln at 15:09, and at both Orcasound and Lime Kiln at 16:10.

A continuous recording of the Orcasound hydrophone stream was made by Scott Veirs. A continuous recording of the Lime Kiln north array (4 channels for localization, including one hydrophone with high-frequency response) was made remotely by Jason Wood.

112 Detections


2011-10-04 14:34:48
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2011-10-04 14:36:09
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2011-10-04 14:36:25
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2011-10-04 14:36:40

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2011-10-04 14:36:55
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2011-10-04 14:37:10
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2011-10-04 14:38:39
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2011-10-04 14:40:20
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2011-10-04 14:40:35
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2011-10-04 14:40:50
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2011-10-04 14:41:05

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2011-10-04 14:41:38
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2011-10-04 14:42:42
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2011-10-04 14:43:00
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2011-10-04 14:43:19
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2011-10-04 14:45:09
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2011-10-04 14:45:33
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2011-10-04 14:48:09

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2011-10-04 14:50:53
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2011-10-04 14:51:44
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2011-10-04 14:51:59
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2011-10-04 14:53:47
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2011-10-04 14:56:16
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2011-10-04 14:59:03
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2011-10-04 14:59:36

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2011-10-04 14:59:53
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2011-10-04 15:00:08
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Calling in a 40-knot storm

2011/09/26 in Acoustic analysis, Lime Kiln State Park, Network news, Orcasound lab, southern resident

It’s really piping today in Haro Strait. The plot (above) from the NOAA buoy at Hein Bank (south Haro Strait) suggests the killer whales have been traveling this morning through a sea swept by winds that are steady at 25-30 knots (nautical miles per hour) and gusting to 41! I’d surmised that it wasn’t worth listening to the nearby hydrophones for killer whale calls and clicks, but my gut was telling me otherwise. Besides, the Beam Reach students weren’t going to be able to bring their boat out in such wind for research anyway…

5-day plot - Wind Speed, Wind Gust and Atmospheric Pressure at 46088

5-day weather in Haro Strait (Hein Bank)

Sure enough, when I checked email at 14:30 there were many notifications from Val’s automatic detection software — both at Lime Kiln and then at Orcasound.  The spectrograms and links to the recordings are appended.  Does anyone recognize any of the calls?

The SRKW calls (including S2/3/4/19/42) were auto-detected at Lime Kiln  from 1255-1313 and then at Orcasound (5 km to the north) from 1319-1345.  During that period the tidal currents (predicted at Kellett Bluff, about 2 km north of Orcasound) went from starting to flood to near max flood (peak was at 1430).

Kellett bluff currents

Kellett bluff currents (from Jeff Dairiki)

115 Detections

2011-09-26 12:55:13

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2011-09-26 12:59:09

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Dawn calls & clicks at Lime Kiln

2011/07/03 in Acoustic analysis, Lime Kiln State Park, Network news, Orcasound lab, southern resident

Lots of great SRKW calls (S3s, S4s) and clicks were automatically detected and recorded this morning, primarily on the Lime Kiln hydrophones. A few very loud calls are hard for me to categorize, but sound like variations on S42. Any other interpretations? An example:

http://www.orcasound.net/wholistener/lk/detections/raw/2011/07/03/PKTAveDb_97_07_03_2011_06_43_54.mp3

The only auto-detection at Orcasound (5km north of Lime Kiln) was a series of echolocation clicks 6:52, so it’s not clear what direction they were headed. However, John Boyd just noted on Facebook that there were whales at Open Bay (south end of Henry Island) at 11:00.

204 Detections


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2011-07-03 06:47:30
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2011-07-03 06:47:52
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:48:12
node=lk dB=107 trigger=PWR


2011-07-03 06:48:39

node=lk dB=96 trigger=PKTPWR


2011-07-03 06:48:49
node=lk dB=97 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:49:20
node=lk dB=110 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:49:30
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PWR


2011-07-03 06:49:50
node=lk dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:50:00
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:50:16
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:50:27

node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:50:37
node=lk dB=97 trigger=PWR

2011-07-03 06:51:01
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:51:12
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:51:22
node=lk dB=102 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:51:32
node=lk dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:51:42
node=lk dB=96 trigger=PKTPWR


2011-07-03 06:52:06

node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:52:16
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:52:26
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:52:45
node=lk dB=107 trigger=PWR


2011-07-03 06:52:57
node=os dB=97 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:53:43
node=lk dB=106 trigger=PWR


2011-07-03 06:53:53
node=lk dB=91 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:54:03

node=lk dB=116 trigger=PWR


2011-07-03 06:54:13
node=lk dB=92 trigger=PWR

2011-07-03 06:54:40
node=lk dB=93 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:54:50
node=lk dB=122 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:55:00
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKTPWR


2011-07-03 06:55:10
node=lk dB=121 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:55:20
node=lk dB=93 trigger=PKTPWR


2011-07-03 06:55:30

node=lk dB=118 trigger=PKTPWR


2011-07-03 06:55:40
node=lk dB=92 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:55:51
node=lk dB=97 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:56:01
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:56:11
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKTPWR


2011-07-03 06:56:21
node=lk dB=93 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:56:31
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKTPWR


2011-07-03 06:56:43

node=lk dB=94 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 06:56:53
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 06:57:03
node=lk dB=113 trigger=PKTPWR

2011-07-03 06:57:13
node=lk dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:25:42
node=os dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:26:16
node=os dB=98 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:26:31
node=os dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:26:46

node=os dB=98 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:27:01
node=os dB=97 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 07:28:00
node=os dB=99 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 07:57:39
node=lk dB=107 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:57:45
node=os dB=107 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:58:08
node=os dB=107 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:58:18
node=lk dB=107 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:58:23

node=os dB=104 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 07:59:12
node=lk dB=112 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 07:59:22
node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 07:59:32
node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:00:56
node=lk dB=107 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:01:06
node=lk dB=111 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:01:16
node=lk dB=104 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:01:40

node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:04:50
node=lk dB=110 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:05:00
node=lk dB=108 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:05:10
node=lk dB=108 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:05:38
node=lk dB=107 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:05:48
node=lk dB=103 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:05:59
node=lk dB=103 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:07:15

node=lk dB=103 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:07:25
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:07:42
node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:07:52
node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:08:02
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:08:12
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:08:33
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:08:51

node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:09:01
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:09:11
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:09:21
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:09:47
node=lk dB=106 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:09:57
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:10:30
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:10:44

node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:10:54
node=lk dB=113 trigger=PKTPWR

2011-07-03 08:11:05
node=lk dB=109 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:11:15
node=lk dB=113 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:11:25
node=lk dB=106 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:11:35
node=lk dB=104 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:11:45
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:11:55

node=lk dB=111 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:12:10
node=lk dB=109 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:12:20
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT

2011-07-03 08:12:30
node=lk dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-07-03 08:12:40
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT

Computers beat human listeners at dawn

2011/06/22 in Acoustic analysis, Lime Kiln State Park, Network news, Orcasound lab, southern resident

Lots of whistles and calls (S1, S16) were detected by the WhoListener program this morning, first at Lime Kiln from 6:08-6:19, then at Orcasound (5 km north) from 7:47-7:52. Seems like some of the southern residents (J and K pod) are working the west side of San Juan Island, as members of both pods were observed and/or heard heading north towards and/or up through Haro Strait last night.

Did they double back and then go north again this morning or were they really (~9 hours?) spread out?

Here are all the auto-detections:

50 Detections


2011-06-22 06:08:52
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:09:03
node=lk dB=104 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:11:32
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:12:43

node=lk dB=104 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:12:53
node=lk dB=98 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 06:13:03
node=lk dB=98 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 06:13:13
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:14:01
node=lk dB=106 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:14:11
node=lk dB=103 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:14:21
node=lk dB=109 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:14:31

node=lk dB=103 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:14:41
node=lk dB=109 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 06:14:51
node=lk dB=109 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 06:15:01
node=lk dB=104 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:15:12
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:15:22
node=lk dB=113 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:15:32
node=lk dB=106 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:15:42

node=lk dB=113 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:15:52
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 06:16:02
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PWR

2011-06-22 06:16:12
node=lk dB=102 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:16:22
node=lk dB=106 trigger=PKTPWR


2011-06-22 06:16:32
node=lk dB=120 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:16:42
node=lk dB=107 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:16:53

node=lk dB=102 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:17:03
node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 06:17:13
node=lk dB=107 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 06:17:23
node=lk dB=118 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:17:33
node=lk dB=106 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:17:44
node=lk dB=114 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:17:54
node=lk dB=111 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:18:04

node=lk dB=119 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:18:14
node=lk dB=104 trigger=PKTPWR

2011-06-22 06:18:25
node=lk dB=102 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 06:18:35
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 06:18:48
node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:47:10
node=os dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:47:27
node=os dB=97 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:47:42

node=os dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:47:57
node=os dB=96 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 07:48:12
node=os dB=98 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 07:48:27
node=os dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:48:42
node=os dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:49:27
node=os dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:50:00
node=os dB=111 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:50:15

node=os dB=107 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:50:30
node=os dB=99 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 07:50:45
node=os dB=96 trigger=PKT

2011-06-22 07:51:01
node=os dB=97 trigger=PKT


2011-06-22 07:51:21
node=os dB=98 trigger=PKT

L pod returns calling on hydrophones

2011/06/10 in Acoustic analysis, Lime Kiln State Park, Orcasound lab, southern resident

The most common call used by L pod was automatically detected and heard by humans today on the Orcasound and Lime Kiln hydrophones. An S4 and some S7 calls were first detected at Lime Kiln around 11:20. (Could there be some J pod members in the neighborhood?) Then many S19 calls were recorded first at Orcasound and later at Lime Kiln. Perhaps L pod is traveling south along the west side of San Juan Island, after a long absence (last sighted in the Salish Sea on May 30)?

Detections as of 13:30 on 6/10/11 –


2011-06-10 11:20:16
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 11:20:37
node=lk dB=115 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 11:20:57
node=lk dB=94 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 11:44:55

node=os dB=97 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:13:04
node=os dB=95 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:13:19
node=os dB=97 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:13:34
node=os dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:13:49
node=os dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:14:04
node=os dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:14:55
node=os dB=96 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:15:10

node=os dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:15:31
node=os dB=98 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:15:58
node=os dB=97 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:16:15
node=os dB=102 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:27:24
node=os dB=108 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:27:42
node=os dB=112 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:28:14
node=os dB=113 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:28:52

node=os dB=112 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:29:28
node=os dB=108 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:29:54
node=os dB=108 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:52:40
node=lk dB=97 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:52:50
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:53:25
node=lk dB=98 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:53:35
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:54:04

node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:55:19
node=lk dB=102 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:55:29
node=lk dB=96 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:55:47
node=lk dB=102 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:56:12
node=lk dB=102 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:56:22
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:57:05
node=lk dB=103 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:58:20

node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:58:34
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:58:58
node=lk dB=105 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 12:59:08
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:59:22
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 12:59:32
node=lk dB=95 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 13:00:50
node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 13:01:16

node=lk dB=100 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 13:01:48
node=lk dB=98 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 13:02:36
node=lk dB=97 trigger=PKT

2011-06-10 13:04:08
node=lk dB=104 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 13:14:38
node=lk dB=99 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 13:17:35
node=lk dB=101 trigger=PKT


2011-06-10 13:17:45
node=lk dB=94 trigger=PKT