Be an eco-friendly whale song interpreter

Whale songs; the eerily soothing and often surprising sounds that are great for a long hot bath, just ask the Dude. For years, scientists have been on a quest to decode killer whale songs so

that we may better understand what these magnificent denizens of the deep are saying behind our backs.

It’s a mammoth task; there are so many sounds and they differ from whale to whale and pod to pod. In a new move to expedite the process, researches at Scientific American and Zooniverse are appealing to ‘citizen scientists’ to help. All you need is some time and an internet connection.

Simply log onto and listen to one of the 15, 000 recorded killer whale and orca songs. Each recording presents a ‘main’ song and then 36 other versions – your job is to pick the version that most closely matches the main song. You can also see spectrograms of each song for a more visual comparison.

If you are a dedicated volunteer, you can track your whale’s positions in the ocean and set up your own user account. This is a really worthy cause as you help scientist wade through the imposing volumes of information, you can help them move closer to an understanding of these amazing mammals.

The video below is an example of the whale songs you can expect to hear on

Orca Song


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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3 thoughts on “Be an eco-friendly whale song interpreter

  1. Stashia

    Love it! looks like it has a huge selection of songs. Very nice site btw, very clean look.

  2. Brandy Alexander

    This sounds so great. Can’t wait to start interpreting whale songs. How incredible would it be to understand these amazing leviathans.

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