Listen Live: Port Townsend Marine Science Center

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Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Port Townsend Marine Science CenterThe two hydrophones at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center are located in about 10 meters of water under the pier. They were deployed by scuba divers in October, 2006. The hydrophones are connected to a computer which automatically detects unusual sounds (like orcas) and measures the average sound levels for the area using custom software written by Dr. Val Veirs.

Archived Sounds from the Port Townsend Marine Science Center

You can use the above "playlist" to access all archived files. Click on the downward facing arrow to play a file.

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Listening Guidance

If you'd like to try recording the streams when you hear something that interests you, we recommend Stream Ripper (free, open source, all platforms). If you'd like to explore underwater listening even further (including sound analysis and contributions to citizen science projects), then consider taking on a Beam Reach externship in bioacoustics.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to make your recording available to the listening community by having us publish it on this web site. In any case, please abide by the Creative Commons license.

Archived sounds are presented using a Flash-based player called Wimpy.