In March 2016 SMRU Consulting North America, in partnership with The Whale Museum upgraded the hydrophone node at the lighthouse in Lime Kiln Point State Park on the west side of San Juan Island. Operations Manager Dr. Jason Wood is the lead Senior Research Scientist on this project, he also leads the deployment and ongoing maintenance of the Lime Kiln hydrophone node.
Lime Kiln Point State Park is also a whale-watch park. Throughout the year visitors come for the chance to watch Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) as they swim along the shore line. In an average year around 200,000 people visit the park.
The lighthouse has provided a base for long-term killer whale research conducted through the Whale Museum. The live hydrophone stream is part of the museum’s Sea Sound Remote Sensing Network. It was made available to the public in 2007. SMRU Consulting North America have been collecting acoustic data at Lime Kiln since 2012.
Check out our blog post on the launching of this project.