Sunday, May 27, 2018

Synchronized swimming for seal migrations

Adding sound to elephant seal migration data reveals high levels of coordination when swimming long distances.


​Combining music and movement is not unusual—but translating the movements of migrating marine animals into musical notes certainly is. An international research team including KAUST scientists have created a sound symphony using data charting the movements of northern elephant seals in the Pacific Ocean. This sonification technique provides surprising insights into group dynamics and synchronicity. 

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Image: Each group of seals was assigned a musical note. These notes change pitch according to the animals’ longitudinal position relative to the main group.
© 2018 KAUST

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