Saturday Suggestion – Whale FM

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Welcome to the first in the series of Saturday Suggestions! I realised that I talk a lot about the various Zooniverse citizen science projects that are currently running without necessarily ever giving a basic description of how they work and why they exist. So for the next few months, every Saturday I will formally introduce you to one of our projects and suggest that you give it a try for yourself.

We start the series with one of our older projects, Whale FM. It was produced in partnership with Scientific American and the task involves listening to a short clip of whale song from either a pilot or killer whale (neither of which are actually whales!) and matching it to the closest other whale sound in the database. This builds up a mapping of whale sounds that allows the researchers behind the project to better understand the whale dialect and how they communicate.

Try it out now at whale.fm