Beam Reach catalyzes marine conservation wherever endangered salmon-eating orcas roam — from northern California to southeast Alaska. Based in Seattle, we are bioacoustic experts who create innovative technological solutions with our non-profit, government, and industry partners to help save the whales. We love being scientists and teachers — and sailing fast on a beam reach!

Recent projects & partners

Education & outreach

  • 2021: A new version of the open-source Orcasound web app (including a public kiosk mode)
  • 2020: Orcasound acoustic content for the Orca Survey Education & Outreach Center (with the Center for Whale Research)
  • 2019: New Orcasound acoustic and video content for the Lime Kiln State Park Interpretive Center (with FOLKS)
  • 2017-18: Pat Price Ocean Listening Exhibit at the Langley Whale Center (with Orca Network)
  • 2011: Listening for Orcas exhibit (with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, NOAA, & Killer Whale Tales)
  • 2009: Hydrophone listening Station (with the Seattle Aquarium)

Research & consulting

  • 2021: continuing to contribute to the open-source ai4orcas project with U.S. and Canadian colleagues; open-sourcing underwater noise modeling and photogrammetry software (developed and tested in partnership with Oceans Initiative); experiments with image-based AI to identify harbor seals based on their spotted markings.
  • 2019-20: Field-testing of the Marine Monitor (M2) radar+camera system for monitoring vessel traffic at the Orcasound Lab hydrophone (collaboration with Protected Seas)
  • 2017-20: Field-testing of the NEMES automated camera system for assessing vessel traffic at the Orcasound Lab hydrophone (collaboration with University of Victoria, NEMES = Noise Exposure to the Marine Environment from Ships)
  • 2018-20: Assessing the Impacts of Noise Exposure on Southern Resident Killer Whale Foraging Efficiency (with Oceans Initiative)
  • 2018: A key to quieter seas: half of ship noise comes from 15% of the fleet (PeerJ pre-print)
  • 2016: Ship noise extends to frequencies used for echolocation by endangered killer whales (PeerJ peer-reviewed article)
  • See also: Beam Reach wiki (staff & student research projects, 2005-12+)