Whale Whispering in the Hawaiian Islands

Lynker Bioacoustician and Marine Mammal Specialist, Eden Zang, recently assisted in deploying deep water acoustic recorders in waters off Maui and Kauai. These passive acoustic recorder packages will be deployed until Spring 2020 to study the presence and distribution of humpback whales in Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS) waters. The recorders will also monitor other biological and anthropogenic (human-related) sources of sound as part of NOAA’s SanctSound project examining soundscapes across seven national marine sanctuaries and one national marine monument. Eden’s work will contribute directly to NOAA’s nationwide efforts to baseline sound levels and acoustic conditions in the sanctuaries, and measure and model their effects on marine mammals and other living marine resources inhabiting US waters from the Eastern Caribbean to the Western Pacific.