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British Library Sound Archive - Underwater Field Recordings



Selection and mix by Cheryl Tipp. One hour of continuous underwater field recordings, from a Humpback Whale singing in the Caribbean Sea to the metallic creaks of a Victorian pier. Many thanks go to all the recordists who gave permission for their recordings to be shared.

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  • Cromer Pier underwater - recorded in Norfolk , England on 13 March 2012 by Peter Toll
  • Bottlenose Dolphin echolocation & various call types - recorded in Milford Sound, New Zealand on 15 August 2001 by Oliver Boisseau
  • Harp Seals calling under the ice - recorded in the Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada in 1997 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Excerpt from Touch Radio 53: The Lough’s Breath - recorded and produced by Tom Lawrence
  • Pond Life - recorded in Llandrindod Wells, Wales on 30 September 2011 by Peter Toll
  • Gentle waves from underwater - recorded on the Isle of Wight , England on 29 August 2013 by Richard Beard
  • Sperm Whale clicks and codas - recorded near the Azores in the North Atlantic Ocean on 23 August 1993 by John B Cunningham
  • Common Frog tadpole feeding sounds - recorded in Tyne and Wear, England on 9 June 2013 by Simon Elliott
  • Male Haddock spawning sounds - recorded at the Marine Laboratory Aberdeen, Scotland during April 1967 by Anthony D. Hawkins
  • Pilot Whale clicks and calls - recorded near the Azores in the North Atlantic Ocean on 7 September 1990 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Exmouth Marina underwater - recorded in Devon, England on 25 May 2011 by Peter Toll
  • Humpback Whale song - recorded in the Caribbean Sea on 25 March 2000 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Nocturnal crustaceans under pier - recorded in Tasmania, Australia on 8 March 2011 by Slavek Kwi