I can’t believe I never mentioned this before … but did you know that you can listen 24/7 to whalesong recorded by a hydrophone just off Kamaole Beach I in Kihei, no matter where you are on the planet?
The Whalesong Project has been recording and broadcasting whalesong for ten years. Their hydrophone hangs from a buoy right off our beach, Kamaole Beach Park I in Kihei. When we need some background “music” we stream the whalesong. When the whales are visiting, the stream is live – we’ve watched whales breach and heard the splashes on the stream – and when the whales are elsewhere (April-November) the stream is pre-recorded.
You can also get their app if you have an iPhone – so you can take it with you everywhere you go.
If you’ve ever gone on a whale watch, you’ve heard the guide tell you that whale song can travel for miles underwater. Maybe you’ve even heard their song on a hydrophone lowered into the water. But you don’t need a hydrophone to hear everything – just use your ears.
If you’re at the beach during whale season, get into the water and sink under the water until your head is as close to the sand as possible. Don’t let out a lot of bubbles, and don’t kick – be as quiet as possible and listen. We guarantee that you’ll hear whales, dolphins, and plenty of other ocean sounds as they bounce off the sand.
This works best when you’re not near screaming children, but even the least discriminating among us will recognize a baby calf when it calls!
Whale season is just about over on Maui, and I admit I’m feeling a little blue about their leaving. But I take comfort knowing I can hear them anytime on whalesong.net. A true must do!