Mission and Goals
The Whalesong Project is dedicated to inspiring stewardship of the ocean and environment by providing meaningful connections to the world's undersea community.
Share the songs of Hawai'i's whales with the world, live over the Internet, during the islands' humpback whale season (November to June) through our website www.whalesong.net
Research and develop acoustic and other monitoring technologies to enhance the transmission quality of the songs from the hydro-phone off the coast of Maui to the website link
Develop curricula and other multimedia materials for schools and community events, to foster greater appreciation and understanding of the whales and their importance to us all
Whalesong is a project inspired by the beauty of oceans. This beauty includes not only the visual aspects of the water planet we live on, but also a mysterious and incredible world of sound, which whales and dolphins use to navigate and communicate across vast oceans. The vocalizations of these ancient cetaceans have inspired music, poetry, scientific discovery, and perhaps even languages and cultures.
These magnificent marine mammals and the messages that they communicate face new challenges as the sonic world of the seas becomes the testing ground for high powered sonar systems and new military technologies, scientific research that utilizes high intensity sound, undersea explosions related to the search for oil and minerals, as well as other human activities. Global warming, carbon dioxide dumping, radioactive and chemical pollution, and commercial whaling are other threats.
Whalesong is a group of volunteers dedicated to inspiring stewardship of the oceans and the environment, and to helping "give a microphone" to important voices that may not be heard above the noise of the modern world.
We believe that the voices of the natural world, and of Hawaiian and other native cultures that have a connection with that world, carry inspiration and mana’o (wisdom) that can help carry humanity into the future in a more benevolent way.
We carry out our kuleana (responsibility and privilege) through our website, through the development of acoustic and other monitoring technologies, development of curriculum materials for schools, cultural events, public outreach and education, and other volunteer efforts.
|Whalesong was founded in November 2000 by Dan Sythe: his tirelessly dedication keeps the project alive. He has a deep interest in the Hawaiian Islands and it's culture and the environment.
I saw my first Humpback whale from Makena Beach on Maui in 1969. I was enchanted and fascinated by this unusual and remarkable creature. The Humpback whales were nearly extinct at this time. As a young man I volunteered as a radio engineer and technical consultant to groups working to end commercial whaling.
When I heard my first Humpback whale sing, from Kamaole Beach in the early nineties, I became enthralled by the idea of bringing these beautiful sounds to the shore where people could hear them. The Winter of 2000-2001 brought the opportunity to realize this dream when we connected a live hydrophone to the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei. The availability of high speed ADSL in Kihei, home of the Maui National Computing Center, allowed us to take the project a step further and bring the vocalizations to the entire planet.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to share these ocean/whale sounds with the world, and for all of the wonderful and talented friends who have helped make this possible. Aloha pumehana