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Frequency Ranges of Marine Animal Sounds

For selected animals likely to be in or near Cape Cod coastal waters

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Marine Mammals: Whales

North Atlantic Right Whale. Photo courtesy of WHOI Archives.
North Atlantic Right Whale. Photo courtesy of WHOI Archives.

North Atlantic Right Whale sound frequency: 0.4kHz

Humpback whale. Photo by Melissa Patrician, WHOI.
Humpback whale. Photo by Melissa Patrician, WHOI.

Humpback Whale sound frequency: 0.03-8 kHz

Sperm whale. Public domain.
Sperm whale. Public domain.

Sperm whale sound frequency: echolocation clicks, 0.1 - 30 kHz

Long-finned pilot whale. Photo by Amy Nevala, WHOI.
Long-finned pilot whale. Photo by Amy Nevala, WHOI.

Long-finned pilot whale sound frequency: whistles, 1-8 kHz; echolocation clicks, around 50 kHz

Bottlenose dolphin. NOAA.
Bottlenose dolphin. NOAA.

Bottlenose dolphin sound frequency:whistles 0.2-30 kHz; echolocation clicks 40-150 kHz

Atlantic white-sided dolphin. Photo by  Lance Wills, WHOI.
Atlantic white-sided dolphin. Photo by Lance Wills, WHOI.

Atlantic white-sided dolphin sound frequency: whistles 3-20 kHz

Common dolphin. NOAA.
Common dolphin. NOAA.

Common dolphin sound frequency: whistles 3-20 kHz

Harbor porpoise. Public domain.
Harbor porpoise. Public domain.

Harbor porpoise sound frequency: clicks, 110 - 170 kHz

Marine Mammals: Seals

Harbor seal. Public domain.
Harbor seal. Public domain.

Harbor seal sound frequency: 0.2 - 16 kHz

Gray Seal. Public domain.
Gray Seal. Public domain.

Gray seal sound frequency: 0.4 - 16 kHz

Fish

Cusk eel. NOAA.
Cusk eel. NOAA.

Cusk eel sound frequency: "chatter" 1.098-1.866 kHz

Sound courtesy of Aaron Mooney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Black drum. Public domain.
Black drum. Public domain.

Cusk eel sound frequency: "drumming" 0.1-0.5 kHz

Sound courtesy of James Locascio and David Mann, University of South Florida College of Marine Science.

Cod fish. Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld.
Cod fish. Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld.

Cusk eel sound frequency: "knocks, clicks" 0.03-8.5 kHz