Whale Sound is a collaboration of Indigenous communities and NGOs, who share a long history of working together to better understand the marine soundscape of BC.
We have done this through multiple platforms of marine and land-based surveys, combined with acoustic monitoring. This has led to many interesting discoveries regarding the culture and acoustic traditions of different whale species, which you can learn about throughout this website. Our shared philosophy is to focus on non-intrusive research methods and to always show respect for the well-being of whales.
We understand that whales are a highly evolved, intelligent, and self-aware species that have captivated the hearts and curiosity of many.
Together we have developed a coast-wide acoustic information system with a user-friendly interactive map and dashboard that tracks whales and the underwater soundscape of the BC coastline. The data that has been collected is a massive acoustic library available to help researchers, territorial stewards, conservation-minded individuals, & decision-makers. Using this data, we can identify trends in noise levels within different regions of the coast, along with the potential impacts on whale habitat usage and behavior. It is also a great resource for comparing the acoustic behavior of whales in relation to different levels of noise in their environment. The tools we have developed will assist in the mitigation of marine protected areas and slow down zone for whales.
The BCHN is a great example of the strength of partnerships and the spirit of collaboration. We believe that if we continue working as one we can ensure the continued recovery of whales along the coast of BC.