Data Request Form

The purpose of the BC Hydrophone Network is to enable organizations to build, maintain and contribute to a shared, coast-wide acoustic information system that is available for research, management, stewardship, and educational purposes.  If you require access to this acoustic database for your project from a particular region, or multiple locations, please fill out this data request form and we will pass this on to the appropriate partner for permission.

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About the Project

Whale Sound is an interactive website sharing information gathered from cutting edge underwater listening technology to the surface.

Here you can explore the diversity and culture of whale communication and investigate whale presence, habitat usage, and levels of human-generated ocean noise at specific sites along the BC coast through the interactive map.

  • This acoustic platform was developed by the BC Hydrophone Network, a collaboration between First Nation communities and NGO’s.
  • The purpose is to support community-based projects and inform conservation planning for the recovery of whales.
  • The BC Hydrophone Network (BCHN) has installed a standardized system of 16 underwater recording stations, known as hydrophones, in key locations along the coast of BC.

The BC Hydrophone Network is a partnership between the North Coast Cetacean Society (NCCS/BC Whales), the Gitga’at First Nation, the Pacific Orca Society (Orcalab), the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES), the Heiltsuk First Nation and WWF-Canada.

Photographs, videos, and audio sound tracks are the sole property of the contributing partners.