Sounds in the Ocean
An audio collection of sounds made by marine mammals, fish, and technology.
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 Acoustics 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 chose the "save link as" option.
Note: Some sounds are very low frequency. You may not be able to hear well without a bass speaker.
North Atlantic Right Whale
(Low-frequency sound; played at 5x normal speed)
(Low-frequency sound; played at 1.5x normal speed)
(Low-frequency sound; played at 3x normal speed)
Odontocetes (Toothed whales and dolphins)
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin
Short-beaked Common Dolphin
Oil and Gas Industries