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Whale FM

Main Project Information
Goal Help scientists understand Killer & Pilot Whale communication
Task Listen to individual whale calls online, identify matches.
Where Online only
Description

Marine scientists need your help to categorize the complex calls of Killer Whales (Orcas) and Pilot Whales and to understand what the calls mean.

Whales and dolphins make sophisticated sounds that play a critical role in communicating, orienting in the ocean environment, and locating food. Scientists have already begun to categorize Killer Whale calls; however, Pilot Whale calls are much less studied.

Project organizers have assembled recordings of two species from across the world's oceans and seas. Citizen scientists simply listen to individual whale calls and identify potential matching calls. Your contribution will help researchers understand what the whales are saying. You can also help discover whether certain calls are made by an individual, one group, or across broad areas.

How to Join

To participate in Whale.FM, visit the project website. For more information, see the project tutorial: http://whale.fm/tutorial.

Website http://whale.fm
Social Media
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Tags animals, ocean, ocean & water, song, sound, whale, zooniverse
Project Updated 04/23/2017