Listen to the Whales
For access to a number of hydrophones across the planet visit Listen to the Deep
Another source of seasonal live whale songs is Jupiter Foundation System
Whalesong Project Mission Statement
We create projects to raise awareness and inspire protection of the world’s oceans.
Ocean Radiation Monitoring Project
Our current major project is the Ocean Radiation Monitoring Project. We have been involved in a variety of radiation monitoring activities since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear events in 2011. Currently we are sampling Pacific Ocean Water and Sea Life for radionuclides from Fukushima Daiichi. If you have a sample you would like to send to us, please read our guidelines here.
You can contact us here. We will be reporting our activities and results of our testing here. (link to a page I can work with). We are working to improve our lab and capabilities. Read more about our lab here. The testing project requires time and expensive equipment. We are independent and staffed by volunteers.
Please contribute to help us improve our lab and keep our testing program going:
People can make a difference.
Species and ecosystems can be saved. The Humpback Whales are living proof of that. They have come back from the brink of extinction, thanks to international cooperation. If people are inspired to care and cooperate for the well being of the planet, then there is hope. When Dr. Roger Payne published the first recordings of the Songs of the Humpback Whales, it inspired the movement to protect them. Whalesong Project volunteers adopted new technologies to bring the songs directly to homes and classrooms throughout the world, in real time. We heard from thousands of people that were inspired. Our project is grassroots, low budget, all volunteer, a labor of love. We have webcast the live mysterious songs of the whales for most of 15 seasons. Recently circumstances prevent us having our buoy in the ocean. To all of you who have supported the project and look forward to the songs each year, we ask for your patience while we get our logistics sorted out. Weʻve had some challenges. Our focus this season is radiation from Fukushima Daiichi. How rapidly is it moving and how dilute will it be when it eventually reaches Hawaiʻi and other Pacific Rim countries? Is it concentrating in the fish, seaweed, Whales and other sea life? We are working in a cooperative alliance to build a lab – and also participating in other projects to document what is happening. Stay tuned for reports.