The Whalesong Project is dedicated to inspiring stewardship of the ocean and environment by providing meaningful connections to the world’s undersea community.
Share the songs of Hawai’i’s whales with the world, live over the Internet, during the islands’ humpback whale season (November to June) through our website www.nuclearnews.com/whalesong
Research and develop acoustic and other monitoring technologies to enhance the transmission quality of the songs from the hydro-phone off the coast of Maui to the website link
Develop curricula and other multimedia materials for schools and community events, to foster greater appreciation and understanding of the whales and their importance to us all
This is Kent Noonan, the Vice President of our Board of Directors. Kent originally joined the project for what he calls “totally selfish reasons.” He wanted to hear the whale songs every day and couldnʻt find time to go out in the ocean.
After a couple of years experimenting with home made hydrophones and kayak excursions, he discovered our fledgling project, which was just completing the first season webcasting from a sailboat in Maʻalaea Bay. From the webcast he could hear the whales without having to leave work.
He happened to have some esoteric electronic parts in his lab that were needed for the project, and werenʻt available anywhere else out here in the middle of the Pacific. Dan and Kent met, and an enduring friendship and partnership was born. Kent began to “appreciate what an amazing contribution to the world our project was.” He has put in countless hours building and servicing the various generations of buoys so that people all over the planet can connect with the whales and their mysterious songs.
Kent brings wide experience with high tech electronics to our project, and a very big heart. His day job includes lasers, optics, radiation detectors, magnetics, subtle energy research, biomedical applications and more. Ken tries to spend much of his time and energy making the world a better place.
Kent is a big part of The Whalesong Project, and we are all very grateful to have him on board.