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(SacBee)   Whale song confounds U.S. Navy.   ( divider line
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7482 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Dec 2002 at 6:31 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-12-28 10:01:14 AM  
2002-12-28 11:01:04 AM  
Huh-huh "sperm whale" huh-huh
2002-12-28 12:57:21 PM  
"So, like... Beethoven on the computer, you have labored to deduce... a biologic."

"A what?"

"A whale Beaumont, a whale. A marine mammal that knows a hell of a lot more about sonar than you do."
2002-12-28 06:21:33 PM  
12-28-02 10:01:14 AM CrazyCurt

Yes!! I thought everybody forgot about that, heh.
2002-12-28 06:38:35 PM  
I thought it would be "bloop" too, but it's not.

2002-12-28 06:40:03 PM  
The team also encountered high numbers of sperm whales they encountered in the North Pacific.

ummmm apparently the editors surrendered
2002-12-28 06:42:13 PM  
were they suddenly beamed out onto a klingon ship, too?
2002-12-28 06:42:45 PM  
If They're not familiar with "The Whale Song", why don't They just HUM along?
2002-12-28 06:43:24 PM  
For decades, sonar operators in the North Pacific had heard the mechanical twang, similar to the sound of an electric razor.

There's got to be a joke in there somewhere about a whale trying to board a plane, and her luggage making a buzzing noise.
2002-12-28 06:43:31 PM  
Don't forget...Pavarotti is a tenor, Paganini was a composer.
2002-12-28 06:45:20 PM  
Don Knotts surrenders?
2002-12-28 06:48:49 PM  
Whales, eh? California Farkers should be on the lookout for a white robed man jumping into aquariums and subduing punks playing loud music on public transportation.
2002-12-28 06:48:55 PM  
Well Aureliawestlake beat me to it but...

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Perhaps they are calling the mother ship to come save us.
2002-12-28 06:49:03 PM
2002-12-28 06:50:14 PM  
Damn, Aurelia beat me to it.

Nerds of Fark unite!
2002-12-28 06:50:38 PM  
Didn't confound Desmond Howl...

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/Obscure Canadian movie reference
2002-12-28 06:53:13 PM  
Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe?
2002-12-28 06:54:16 PM  
Wait... don't tell me that Anna Nicole started a singing career...
2002-12-28 06:59:59 PM  
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2002-12-28 07:10:04 PM  
Thank god it wasn't the bloop. I want to go to my grave not knowing what the bloop is. Everything else I want to learn, but I think I should keep at least one mystery, and I want it to be the bloop.
2002-12-28 07:11:23 PM  
I guess they never bothered to ask "SONAR" from "Down Periscope". He probably could have told them their names.
2002-12-28 07:16:17 PM  
Admiral, there be whales here!
2002-12-28 07:28:00 PM  
Obscure Canadian movie reference

Isn't that redundant?
2002-12-28 07:37:47 PM  
Translation of the whales song: TURN OFF THE SONAR! MY EARS ARE BLEEDING!
2002-12-28 07:46:18 PM  
w00t! TLBreer

Good Whale ref.
2002-12-28 07:52:42 PM  
A razor like sound? Must have got a Norelco for Christmas.
2002-12-28 07:53:47 PM  
If the whales interfere with army interests they must be terrorists. Nuke the whales!
2002-12-28 08:07:06 PM  
I can understand a razor like sound confounding them. Hell after seeing it come from a whale, I'd be much more confused.
2002-12-28 08:08:55 PM  
It doesent take much to confound the navy
2002-12-28 08:12:24 PM  
attractive and successful African-American Boobs
2002-12-28 08:28:46 PM  
I used to go camping in the middle of nowhere and I kept hearing this sound like a generator starting up. I'd think, WTF? There's no one around for 100 miles, how come I"m hearing a generator?

It's the noise a grouse makes during mating season. I finally saw it on a nature show, or I'd never have figured it out.
2002-12-28 08:48:07 PM  
Very nice indeed.

I'm in the navy and I don't understand what you are trying to say.
2002-12-28 08:49:57 PM  
If the SONAR operators were hearing the whale song, its a fairly good assumption that the SONAR in question wasn't making noise...only listening.

AT least thats what I gather from watching movies and playing video games ((ahem))
2002-12-28 08:51:52 PM  
Wasn't this in some book about subs, like The Hunt for Red October or something?
2002-12-28 09:36:52 PM  
Ahh yes, aint nuthin like the sweet sound of whale singing to put me to bed.
2002-12-28 09:45:48 PM  
There are two types of sonar: active and passive.

Active is what most people think of, the kind that goes "ping". It sends out a sound pulse, then listens for the echo, determining the bearing and range to the target.

Passive is simply microphones in the water listening for sound. They require more than one to give an effective bearing, using triangulation.

2002-12-28 09:51:36 PM  
Flyinglemur: just a little inter-service animosity
2002-12-28 10:13:16 PM  
Aw, damn, TLBreer beat me to it; now I cannot rest until I hear that damn Whale song *scrounges through mp3s*...
whew, at least I found that one before the alternative (the Happy Happy Joy Joy Song)
2002-12-28 10:32:37 PM  
*hides face* like I'm the first one to ever forget to close a freakin' tag...

Just to stay on topic, whale songs are very beautiful. Joe Satriani did a song with parts that sound like whale songs, or seagulls crying, on Surfing with the Alien, I think it was, either that or the EP that had The Crush of Love on side 2 (for some reason I'm thinking the song was called Memories).. and then there's the one by Cocteau Twins (?)..

OK I'll shut up now
2002-12-28 11:01:10 PM  
In my former life, I worked with passive sonar in the Navy. We called this sound the "Jezz Monster". Some farkers with creative senses of humor can probably think of a pun for that name.
2002-12-28 11:07:08 PM  
The Navy was equally confounded by "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Rule Britiannia"
2002-12-29 01:30:06 AM  
Actually, bearing can be determined fairly accurately with but one receiver. Takes more to determine range when in the passive mode.

Am I the only pinger here?

SQS-26AXR and CX
Mk 114 UWFCS

What's kinda neat is using the "underwater telephone" (yes... you can talk ship to ship with it) and whistling at dolphins. It's a rib tickler when you whistle Mary Had a Little Lamb and they whistle (squeek?) it back.

Damn..... we were bored!!!!
2002-12-29 01:33:41 AM  
Makes me remember the Far Side cartoon of the whale singing "Louie Louie" into the hydrophone. (Wish I could have found it to post)
2002-12-29 01:49:27 AM  
We called this sound the "Jezz Monster". .

Jezz? Sounds like you were a SS1/2 guy.

Jezz btw was short for Jezabel which was the name of a sonar system.

Actually, bearing can be determined fairly accurately with but one receiver.

Good point, just takes multiple hydrophones on the line I for doppler readings

Am I the only pinger here?

I was a non-acoustic guy, which was a good thing, I sucked at reading grams. Although it was fun to omagine killing people with the 10 points.

2002-12-29 03:03:32 AM  
Am I the only one that noticed the kickthru ad?
2002-12-29 04:58:08 AM  
cmon, I know who was making the whale songs
2002-12-29 04:59:11 AM  
2002-12-29 05:00:25 AM  
gar it is not working
2002-12-29 05:45:38 AM  
~blinks, sticks with the Naval Air Fleet~
2002-12-29 09:00:33 AM  
Frank Zappa's song "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" , confounds the U.S.Navy too . . .
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