Like listening to whale sounds? Want make a contribution to science? Then tune into Whale FM.
Also known as the Whale Song Project, Whale FM is a new citizen science outfit based at Scientific American asking for your help to figure out what whales are saying and if pilot whales – like killer whales – talk in distinct dialects.
Many of the calls are recorded from sucky-cup devices called D Tags (Digital acoustic recording device) – immensely clever little gadgets that are stuck onto a whale and towed around for a while gathering all sorts of useful data including sounds.
From the Whale FM website:
Every time you match a pair of Orca calls, you’re casting a vote for those two calls to be considered ‘similar’. By doing this over and over again, with many people listening to each sound and casting a vote, we can build up a map of those calls that are more or less alike, to find patterns and groupings. We’re learning how whales communicate with each other.
So, I guess there are the real ‘podcasts’ (ha ha – HT to Andy_Heil for that gag).
Read more at the BBC here