Faced with virtual mountains of recordings of whale songs, researches are asking citizen scientists to jump in and help them out. Marine biologists know that whales have different dialects, and the first step in the research is sorting through 15,000 recordings to group similar dialects together. If you’re interested in hearing their songs or testing your skill at grouping dialects, check out the project at Whale FM.
Or if you’d like to hear the songs in person, join us for an Alaska cruise. We regularly employ hydrophones — listening devices our naturalists drop overboard — to eavesdrop on humpback whales swimming below our bow and broadcast their songs over our ship’s PA.