Voices of Nature introduced by Neil Nunes:
Quadraphonic recordings of Hump back Whales provided by Sound Science Research Collective with Narration from Acoustic Ecologist Michell Fournet
Humpback whales are a type of baleen whale that can be found in the Arctic waters. They are known for their distinctive appearance, with long pectoral fins and knobbly protrusions on their head, known as tubercles. Humpback whales are also known for their complex vocalizations, which can be heard over long distances. In the Arctic, humpback whales feed on a variety of prey, including krill, small fish, and plankton. They are migratory animals, traveling between their feeding grounds in the Arctic and their breeding grounds in warmer waters.
‘Ice melts pt. 1’ Spatial collage of sound of Arctic ice colliding and squeaking
‘Ice melts pt. 2’ Spatial collage of sounds of Arctic pack ice
The melting of Arctic sea ice is a major concern due to its potential impacts on the global climate and the ecosystems of the region. Sea ice plays a crucial role in regulating the Earth's temperature by reflecting sunlight back into the atmosphere. As the sea ice melts, more sunlight is absorbed by the dark ocean water, leading to an increase in global temperatures. The melting of sea ice also affects the animals that depend on it for habitat and hunting, such as polar bears and seals. The loss of sea ice also has implications for the global economy, as it could open up new shipping routes and increase competition for natural resources.