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Researchers let lighthouse visitors listen underwater


Fred Sharpe / Submitted Photo

Paul Sharpe records video of a humpback whale swimming along the Five Finger Lighthouse shore.

Humpback whales swimming the northeast region of Fredrick Sound during summer months do their best to attract spectators, but a recent grant is helping researchers add streaming whale songs to the tourism experience.

Thanks to a Scenic Byway grant allotted to the Juneau Lighthouse Association, whale-watchers visiting the Five Finger Lighthouse now have the option to listen live underwater. A hydrophone connected to a swinging mooring is outfitted with a converted whitewater kayak, which supplies the battery power to a transmitter sending wireless signal to a receiver located in the lightho...

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