Phase 1









Deciphering the Sperm Whale Language

CETI has been granted funding for an Exploratory Seminar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University in April 2019 in which ~17-20 leading and creative engineers will gather for two days to discuss novel approaches to gathering, analyzing, and deciphering sperm whale click communication.

Before the Exploratory Seminar we plan to deploy a suite of underwater A/V arrays to capture the first-ever up close A/V data of communicating sperm whales. With machine learning and AI, a team of partner data scientists will analyze new and archival sperm whale communication data for patterns, and search for marks language. 


DEVICE 1: Buoyancy Controlled Audio/Video ROBOT

This machine will consist of a commercial off-the-shelf A/V payload attached to a custom designed buoyancy control device. The device will allow researchers to triangulate which animal is transmitting click communication and which is receiving it. 

Device 2

Drone Identification

Searching for sperm whale pods at sea level is extremely time consuming, fuel wasting, and cost prohibitive.  

The Unmanned Vehicle Scout (UVS) will allow CETI researchers to quickly determine location of sperm whale pods over a 144-square-mile area of ocean. 

This UVS is currently under contract with the University of Colorado Boulder.