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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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