In episode two of this three-part series, the pioneering nature sound recordist Chris Watson continues his journey in Mexico to learn more about the songs of blue whales.

Chris is joined on his journey by the spatial audio sound artist, engineer and academic Tony Myatt with whom he is collaborating on a special sound installation for Oceans 21, a project series on the fascination and endangerment of the oceans. Their installation, Seaphony, will premiere in Berlin in May 2021 to mark the beginning of United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Chris also talks to the Blue Whale expert Dr Diane Gendron, who has spent more than 30 years studying the animals Chris and Tony are in Mexico to record.

The team then head back out on to the ocean fishing for more sound.

  • Dr Diane Gendron is a biologist at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico’s Department of Fisheries and Marine Biology.
  • Read Diane Gendron and Aurora Paniagua Mendoza’s paper on seasonal acoustic behaviour of Blue Whales.
  • Tony Myatt is the professor of sound at the University of Surrey.
  • Read more about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
  • Read more on Diana Schniedermeier and Ina Krüger’s work at Ocean 21.
  • Listen to Oceans of Noise, Chris Watson’s three-part journey into the sonic environment of the ocean.
  • Email the Science Weekly team

Blue Whale<br>A blue whale lifts its tail in the air designating a longer and deeper dive.

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