Sounds in the Ocean
Listen to exemplar sound clips of marine sounds, taken from passive acoustic recorders.
Spectrograms—shown on the right of each image below—are a way to visualize sound, and represent frequency (Y-axis) over time (X-axis). Colleagues and scientists of the Northeast's Passive Acoustic Research Group collected the sounds on this page.
To play a sound: Click on the audio file link; it will open and play the sound.
To download a sound file: Right-click on the link and choose the "save link as" option.
Note: Some sounds are very low frequency. You may not be able to hear well without a bass speaker.
Mysticetes (Baleen Whales)
(Low-frequency sound; played at 3x normal speed)
(Low-frequency sound; played at 5x normal speed)
North Atlantic Right Whale
(Low-frequency sound; played at 1.5x normal speed)
Odontocetes (Toothed Whales)
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin
Short-beaked Common Dolphin
Pinnipeds (Seals, Sea Lions, & Walruses)
Ommatophoca rossii | Species profile unavailable | Play audio
Teleosts (Bony Fishes)
Seismic (Oil & Gas)