You can help marine researchers understand what whales are saying. Listen to the large sound and find the small one that matches it best. Click ‘Help’ below for an interactive guide.
Did you know that Killer Whales (Orcas, which are actually the largest dolphin species) can talk to each other in quite sophisticated ways? Each family of Killer Whales has its own dialect and closely-related families share calls. We know this because biologists have begun to categorize the complex calls of Killer Whales and to try and understand what they mean.
Pilot Whales (again, actually a dolphin species) have dialects and calls similar to those of Killer Whales, but biologists have not categorized them. We have assembled recordings of both species, and we’re asking you to help us put their sounds into categories. We want you to help us understand what Whales are saying.
Listening for Whales
Whales and dolphins have very sophisticated hearing sensory organs and can produce loud sounds that they use for communication, orientation and foraging under water. We can listen to the sounds that whales and dolphins produce by putting microphones under water (so-called ‘hydrophones’).
Zooniverse in Education.
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