Our Special Equipment!
This is mounted on the bow of the
boat and lowered into the water whenever we're with dolphins
that are coming very close to the boat. You can see what is
happening underwater on the two color monitors that are mounted
the cockpit area. It's a totally different perspective from
what is viewed on the surface. We once even lowered the camera
50-feet to see 'what the heck was going on down there' when
we repeatedly saw Risso dolphin and sea lions diving and surfacing
in the same
area. We saw thousands and thousands of squid, and the
that were feeding on them.
Research Quality Hydrophone
by Josh Jones, who is reknown for this kind of thing, this customized
underwater microphone is able to filter out engine noise and water
sounds. What that means is we are able to keep the boat moving, keeping
you inside the pod, while we trail the unit behind us. The result
is a multi-dimensional experience that you'll never forget. You can
clcik here for a sample. Keep in mind, these sounds are amplified
25 times when you're on the boat and broadcast in stereo on our state-of-the-art
speakers. You'll not only see the megapod, you'll hear them rushing
Hear a megapod of dolphin with our new hydrophone!
While it may sound like static,
it's actually thousands of clicks as the pod turns towards us.
If you listen
closely, you'll hear whistles, too! For
a more detailed description of the experience, see Capt.
Dave's Ocean report on July 7, 2005
Traditionally, these are most often used for research, but we have
permission from the folks at National Marine Fisheries to use them.
of our hulls into a speaker enabling us to breadcast sound at safe
levels for the animals. We can play various kinds of music, dolphin
vocalizations, or your voice saying hello and watch how they respond!
With that said, after three years what we found was that the dolphins
didn't respiond to the sounds one way or the other and after a while,
we felt it had become more of a gimmick than a true science experiment.
We decided not to use the underwater transducers any longer in 2006.