Welcome to the Dolphin Acoustics VIP


Dolphins are very vocal animals. They use different noises for different purposes, namely whistles and clicks. Dolphins use a variety of whistles to communicate with one another. Wouldn’t it be great to understand how different species communicate? This is what we are trying to do in the Dolphin Acoustics Vertically Integrated Project, or VIP. We use passive acoustic recordings of dolphins communicating to learn about dolphin whistles. Using and creating new computer programmes, we graph, trace, and categorize different dolphin whistles to learn more about dolphin abundance, geographic distribution, behavior, and interaction.

We are focused on:

  • improving current whistle measurement methods and create machine-learning methods
  • accurately classifying species
  • describing geographic variation in dolphin whistles
  • examining the distribution, abundance, and behaviour of dolphins

Contact us

Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI)
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB
[email protected]

Phone: +44 (0) 1334 463472