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Iñupiaq Name: Qiļalugaq or Sisuaq
Scientific Name: Delphinapterus leucas

Beluga migrating along ice edge near Barrow, Alaska (photo: Mike Knoche)

Beluga Sounds

Here is an MP3 file of beluga whales, the “canaries of the sea,” singing! The beluga sounds are very high-pitched and bird-like. You can also hear bearded seals once in a while, an eerie sound that starts out high and sort of “circles” down to a lower pitch. These sounds were recorded with hydrophones placed in the open lead on the sea ice near Barrow by NSB-DWM biologists. The recordings were analyzed and clips were produced under the direction of Christopher W. Clark at the Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

For more beluga sounds go to Sounds of the Arctic. This poster with sound files was put together by Catherine Berchok (National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA) and Kate Stafford (University of Washington, Applied Physics Lab) with support from BOEMRE (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement) and the NSB.


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