Killer Whale Calls

October 22nd, 2013 | 6 Comments
Mystery and Grace, Travels, Whales
Killer Whales Photo: Carl Safina

Killer Whales
Photo: Carl Safina

The following audio was recorded in early October in Haro Straight off San Juan Island in Washington.  There were about 20 whales or so – if you close your eyes, you can picture the backdrop of a jungle just as easily as the ocean.

A hydrophone was used to capture the sounds, and although it may sound like birds, the recording is only of whale calls.

For more sea sounds, please visit the Salish Sea Hydrophone Network at

6 Responses to “Killer Whale Calls”

  1. Tam says:

    Beautiful! I wonder what they’re saying? It soulds other worldly! Thank you

  2. Jami says:

    Amazing! Any idea yet, of their meaning?

    • carls_crew says:

      No we don’t really understand their meaning. But your comment has prompted a longer answer which I’ll post as another blog entry in a few days.

  3. steph fylpaa says:

    I’M guessing their songs are asonar like navigational tool.Or are they communicating with each other?

  4. Kempton says:

    Wonderfully complex – how do we consider ourselves “superior” in knowledge and importance amidst species like Orca?
    ps: Blackfish on CNN tonight!

    • carls_crew says:

      Yes they are communicating. What they are communicating, no one can yet say. But these are calls, not sonar. Sonar sounds like rapid clicks.

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