"Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem."

-A.A. Milne

Sounds in the Ocean

Notes: Some sounds are very low frequency and you may not be able to hear well without a bass speaker.

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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

humpback whale spectrogram

North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

North Atlantic right whale  spectrogram

Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

minke whale spectrogram

Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

(Low-frequency sound; played at 5x normal speed)

fin whale spectrogram

Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

(Low-frequency sound; played at 1.5x normal speed)

sei whale spectrogram

Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

(Low-frequency sound; played at 3x normal speed)

blue whale spectrogram

Odontocetes (Toothed whales and dolphins)

Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

sperm whale spectrogram

Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)

killer whale spectrogram

Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus)

Risso's dolphin spectrogram

Pilot Whales (Globicephala spp.)

pilot whale spectrogram

Beaked Whales (Mesoplodon spp.)

beaked whale spectrogram

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

beluga whale spectrogram

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin spectrogram

Atlantic White-sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus)

Atlantic White-sided Dolphin spectrogram

Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose Dolphin spectrogram

Short-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

Short-beaked Common Dolphin spectrogram

White-beaked Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris)

White-beaked Dolphin spectrogram

Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)

striped dolphin spectrogram

Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

harbor porpoise spectrogram

Pinnipeds (seals)

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

harbor seal spectrogram

Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus)

gray seal spectrogram

Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus)

bearded seal spectrogram

Crabeater Seal (Lobodon carcinophagus)

crabeater seal spectrogram

Harp Seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus)

harp seal spectrogram

Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)

leopard seal spectrogram

Ross Seal (Ommatophoca rossii)

ross seal spectrogram

Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes wedellii)

weddell seal spectrogram


Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

haddock spectrogram

Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua)

cod spectrogram

Anthropogenic Sounds

Oil and gas industries: Seismic exploration

oil rigs spectrogram


vessel spectrogram
Photos courtesy of: NOAA/NEFSC, NOAA/SBNMS, Cara Hotchkin, Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS), Christie McMillan, Hans Wolkers, Ilse Van Opzeeland, and the HabCam Project.
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(File Modified Sep. 06 2016)