28 Mar 1974
- waterbody:North Atlantic OceanGrand Turk Island; U.S. Naval Facility
NOTES: Notes on tape: "1053 Zulu 28Mar1974" [MLNS notes: Low level thumps throughout, with several louder thump trains interspersed. First 2:15 removed - some humpbacks and distant minke thumps, but too much ambient noise. 17Dec2003 CB] Notes from analysis log: "Cassette number side up - rewind. Ambient sea noise level low, hear fog-horn-like sound in background. Hear a pair of turbines beating frequencies, which fade out by 425. Humpback: Pos.; No. Calling: 1; No. Full Calls: N.A. Need for further analysis: No. Notes: Have distant humpback calling in background. Minke: Pos.; No. Heard: 2-3? No. Trains: 17; Need for further analysis: Yes - the longest trains here? Notes: Thump trains at 059, 098, 163, 185, 289, 329, 389, 422, 438, 475, 495, 569, 623, 660, 730, 768, 775. Thump trains are at various audio levels."
[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