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‘Reconnecting to the Southern Residents Through Sound.’
(New blog post excerpt by our conservation writer @chadisonmurchill )
‘There are few sounds more enchanting than the underwater songs of a wild orca pod.
I’m reminded of the complex nuances of their language. They might be hunting, calling to their family members, making declarations or expressing curiosity. More likely perhaps, they might be communicating about things we couldn’t begin to understand.
Having hydrophones in the water and hearing these animals on a regular basis has taught us so much about their migration, their hunting methods, their family structure, and their intelligence.
So, when the Orca Sound hydrophones stopped working, it was imperative to restore that connection with our whales.
This August, PNW Protectors met up with Val from Orca Sound and Gloria of @coextinctionfilm along with Joel and London Fletcher of @blueadvocates on an epic freedive mission:
The group took to Haro Strait. The general area was identified, but the hydrophones had since become completely camouflaged with the surrounding ecosystem.
Locating & retrieving these hydrophones was no small feat. The team took over 30 dives down throughout about two and a half hours. No scuba tanks were used on this mission, everything was done by lung capacity alone, with each dive averaging a minute long.
The underwater landscape was concealed by blankets of flowing kelp, making the task much like a game of hide and seek. Searching through kelp, algae, rocks, and sand, they began to locate each of the submerged hydrophones.
As they searched through the icy Salish water, the divers were greeted by the calls of J-Pod. The whales sang and communicated back and forth to each other’....
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🐬Blog post written by Madison Churchill our amazing conservation writer.
🐬🔊 Tune in to listen to the orcas today at https://www.orcasound.net/
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