7 Jan 1974
- waterbody:North Atlantic OceanGrand Turk Island; U.S. Naval Facility
NOTES: Notes from tape: "time: 1000 Zulu." [MLNS notes: low level thumps throughout, with several slightly louder trains and occasional humpback calls.] Notes from analysis log: "First Audio Indication Hump; Cassette number side up, rewind; Ambient level moderate/low, distant ship traffic. Humpback: Pos.; No. Calling: 1; No. Full Calls: N.A.; Need for further analysis: No. Notes: At 020 counter time hear low moans whoo's of a distant Humpback, only few heard early part of tape, very weak. At 272 hear Whoo-up's (yups) weak. 553 weak moans groans showing in 556 area, hear just strong low portions. Minke: Pos.; No. Heard: 2?; No. Trains: 8+; Need for further analysis: No. Notes: at 090 have weak thump train; at 195 a weak train again at 263, 298, 425, 475, 580, 680."
[Notes from analysis log for all tapes in the GRANDTURKS series: "Six half-hour background recording samples on selected days for a period of 53 days... to detect the arrival and departure of the Humpback whales (via sounds) for the season in the Caribbean Sea, Mouchier, Navidad and Silver Banks...There are indications that recordings used a 420Hz Low Pass Filter. Recording equipment used was a Realistic model CTR-19. Cassette recorder operating on 110VAC, Freq 60-10,000Ha.. The Realistic recorder is poor recording frequencies below 60Hz as evidenced by spec sheet and sonograms. There is 120 & 180Hz electrical interference 'splatter' on some tapes. In certain cases when the ambient is low, the gain of the systems are raised hence we have heavy interference masking wanted signals. This could be caused by a fluorescent light fixture near the recording system? I doubt that it is in the hydrophone pre-amp network." See analysis log for more details.] SEAOCEAN