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Help us create a hydrophone system to record, study and assist endangered humpback whales. A CD of the best recordings will be made.
Help us create a hydrophone system to record, study and assist endangered humpback whales. A CD of the best recordings will be made.
21 backers pledged $7,227 to help bring this project to life.

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To research, understand and protect humpback whales, and to share beautiful whale vocalizations with supporters. 

The sounds that whales make on the feeding grounds in Alaska are very different from the songs they make on the breeding grounds in Hawaii. From cooperative feeding calls meant to heard prey fish into bubble nets to animated large group communication, humpback whales in Alaska make an astonishing array of vocalizations.

 We will submerge a high-quality hydrophone to listen to whales and other marine mammals that are active near the lighthouse. That audio will then be transmitted back to the lighthouse where a computer will live stream  to the internet and record for playback and analysis by biologists. They will use it to better understand whales, their interactions, their communication, and the effect humans have on their feeding behavior.

We have our basic hydrophone system in place, including the waterproof box, hydrophone and transmitter. We need to add on a dedicated computer, Digital Video Recorder, solar array for power and cameras to add to the streaming media setup.

Hydrophone Components
Hydrophone Components

 Humpback whales sometimes come very near to the island, and  the whales can be seen and  heard as they actively feed in the prey-rich waters surrounding the lighthouse.

Humpback whale swims just offshore.
Humpback whale swims just offshore.

 Additional funds raised beyond the target minimum will be used to upgrade and improve the technology used to record, study and share the whale behavior in Frederick Sound and our behind-the-scenes activity at the Five Finger Light.

Risks and challenges

This is a technology venture in a remote location that involves wildlife. We'll face typical risks, including weather, loss of gear, hostile seas, system breakdown and a lack of whales, which could affect the success of our endeavor. However, we are quite experienced at working in this type of environment and we will have an audio CD of whale vocalizations to share with you sometime in fall, 2015.

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    One digital copy of Five Finger Dreamtime CD, the best of humpback whale and marine life audio from the summer of 2015. Will include some audio highlights collected from previous years.

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    One best of, marine-life audio CD from 2015 and a Life's a Breach t-shirt.

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    One audio CD, one Life's a Breach! t-shirt, and one copy of Cry of the Bubble Warriors DVD, a one-hour documentary about humpback whales in Southeast Alaska.

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    Audio CD, one Life's a Breach! t-shirt, one copy of Cry of the Bubble Warriors DVD, a one-hour documentary about humpback whales in Southeast Alaska and a Five Finger Lighthouse sweatshirt designed by Dr. Fred Sharpe.

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    Signed copy of audio CD, one Life's a Breach! t-shirt, one copy of Cry of the Bubble Warriors DVD, a one-hour documentary about humpback whales in Southeast Alaska and a Five Finger Lighthouse sweatshirt designed be Dr. Fred Sharpe.

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    All of the above and an invitation to stay with researchers for up to one week at Five Finger Lighthouse (June or July of 2015).

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    All of the above and an invitation to stay for two weeks at Five Finger Lighthouse (June or July of 2015). We will pick you up and drop you off in Petersburg. You may also be included in reality style segments for web videos, if desired.

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    All of the above and an invitation to stay for two weeks at Five Finger Lighthouse (June or July of 2015). We will pick you up and drop you off in Petersburg. Dr. Fred Sharpe will come and give a lecture to your group or organization about whale behavior of Southeast Alaska's enigmatic humpback whales. (US only unless additional money for travel added)

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