Corral: Celebrating 100 Diverse Data Collections

TACC's high-performance storage system serves scientists and their "Big Data" needs

Published on October 3, 2013 by Aaron Dubrow

Corral Data Collections: Zoology

Zoology on Corral

Whale Sounds

Kelly Newman, a PhD student from the University of Alaska, studies the vocalizations and feeding behavior of transient killer whales at the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea. She uses passive acoustics to monitor killer whale activity near fur seal rookeries. By documenting call types and whistles, she hopes to estimate transient group identification to better understand the temporal patterns of killer whale visitation at two islands, St. Paul and St. George. These recording are preserved and shared through Corral.

A spectrogram of killer whale vocalizations. Click image to listen to the sound file.

"I house thousands of hours of killer whale recordings from the Pribilof Islands of Alaska on the Corral system at TACC. Corral helps me and my volunteers access the large sound dataset from anywhere in the world. If I am in California and am working with someone in Alaska, we can quickly get to the sounds and collaborate."

Kelly Newman
Ph.D. Student, Marine Biology
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

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