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Humpback Whales Singing on the Silver Bank, D.R., March 1, 2011

CaptGene on July 28, 2011 20:06

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    This recording was captured on March 1, 2011 in the Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic, located on the Silver Bank. Conscious Breath Adventures conducts swim-with-humpback whale eco-tours under special permit from the Dominican Parks Dept. Each winter, some 3,000-5,000 whales visit the area to court, mate and give birth.

    And to sing!

    In this track, you can hear at least a half dozen individual whales singing. There are a couple that are loud and clear in the foreground while the rest are fainter and more distant. They are not specifically trying to sing together, but since the song travels so well underwater, the combined songs overlap into a single amazing chorus.

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    • DennisJames ak∆ DJ²
      DennisJames ak∆ DJ² at 0.22 on December 12, 2011 02:19

      @QUETZATL: i imagine its a song that sounds tone deaf or distorted in human vibrational hearing frequencies....but in whale sync its the most beautiful arrangement and melody :) thx 4 posting this..truly wonderful <3

    • CaptGene
      CaptGene at 7.44 on August 11, 2011 22:53

      @SchizoBrainiac: Always happy to share, it is exceptional. I hope you enjoy my other tracks, too.

    • SchizoBrainiac
      SchizoBrainiac at 7.44 on August 11, 2011 20:15

      Some of my favorite earth music. Thanks for this.

    • CaptGene
      CaptGene at 8.03 on August 07, 2011 19:17

      @Synaptic Cyberstar: Thanks Cyberstar! Maybe you can join us on a trip some day and feel the music for yourself! I hope you enjoy all of my postings. Cheers!

    • CaptGene
      CaptGene at 3.45 on August 07, 2011 19:16

      @CaptGene: Whatever they are saying on the Silver Bank is more likely about attracting a mate or establishing territory or dominance.

    • CaptGene
      CaptGene at 3.45 on August 07, 2011 19:15

      @QUETZATL: There are different "moods" at work, but none of it has to do with feeding. The Silver Bank is a breeding ground, and the whales do not eat at all for the few months they are there. Who knows what they are saying, but it has nothing to do with food on the Silver Bank. And you are exactly right about the low frequencies sounding like whales. Katy Payne, the wife of famed whalesong researcher Roger Payne, made the same connection and now studies humpbacks and elephants, which are both able to communicate over very long distances. And there currently are scientific grade hydrophones available that hear and record far outside the range of human hearing, but there is no need for me to use those in my current applications!

    • Synaptic Cyberstar
      Synaptic Cyberstar at 8.03 on August 04, 2011 18:19

      great stuff love it really!!! whales are my fav animals!!! full support!

      QUETZATL at 3.45 on August 04, 2011 18:02

      @CaptGene: thx for the answerz CaptGene, it sounds like in the first part they are feeding or swarming (corralling food?) and in the second part a completely different emotion. I've noticed the really low frequencies of whales sound like the low frequencies of elephants. As the technology continues to develop we'll be able to "capture" more and more, beyond what the human ear can. :)

      QUETZATL at 0.22 on August 04, 2011 17:55

      @CaptGene: i wonder who or what inspires the song and who (amongst the individual population conducts the chorus), are they repeating a song of a current dominant alpha bull or is it an ancient mantra, and does their song vary if humans are detected?

    • CaptGene
      CaptGene on August 04, 2011 17:55

      @nordmograph: No, I have not done that because I was not aware of the capability. Interesting website, I'll check it out a little more closely and see how it works. Thanks, very cool!

    • Dragonzkrakrz
      Dragonzkrakrz on August 04, 2011 17:40

      tHEy aRe SiMpLy tALkiNg aBOuT tHe oLd dAYs..... ANd wHaT hAPPEnEd? .. ThErE?

    • CaptGene
      CaptGene at 3.45 on August 04, 2011 17:36

      @QUETZATL: QUETZATL, we were in a boat drifting, so we were likely moving away, and sometimes the whales will move a bit, too, so the sound quality can change. I hear the difference you are commenting on, but I can't tell you for certain what the situation was.

    • CaptGene
      CaptGene at 2.49 on August 04, 2011 17:33

      @Hairbrain: Hi Hairbrain! I use an Aquarian Aidio Products model H2a_XLR hydrophone hooked up to Zoom H4n digital recorder. But my biggest advantage is access: there are thousands of whales on the Silver Bank where I operate, so we get lots of good opportunities. But having the right equipment really helps, too!

    • CaptGene
      CaptGene at 0.22 on August 04, 2011 17:30

      @QUETZATL: Thanks QUETZATL! You are right, they are saying the same thing. All humpback whales in a population do sing the same song! It changes a little over time, and they each have their own voices, but what they are singing is the same. Now, if we can just figure out what that is... :-)

    • Hairbrain
      Hairbrain at 2.49 on August 04, 2011 02:22

      Hi. what equipment/microphones did you use to record this? It sounds amazing.

    • Mathematech
      Mathematech on August 03, 2011 19:40

      Its like Skrillex played at half speed :D

      QUETZATL at 3.45 on August 03, 2011 19:37

      the overall vibe seems to take a turn here, as if a different event is now occurring, maybe the recording device has been moved to a new location.

      QUETZATL at 0.22 on August 03, 2011 19:34

      <3 Supa Nice. Thx for posting this CaptGene. What do you think they r saying? it sounds to me like "hey....hey.... HEY.... hey", it def sounds like alot of them r saying the same thing, but thatz just my "human" minds interpretation..

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