Carmen Crouching

Prince Edward Island – 1

Hydrophone in Water

Staying in Malpeque, we spent much of the days on the beach.

The water was very warm and clear. Fishing boats often passed by heading for the harbour at Malpeque; they would be quite closer, approx. 700 meters offshore.

Carmen Crouching

We buried the hydrophone in the sand in several feet of water. People’s feet on the sandy bottom were quite audible. The sounds of them swishing the water with their legs or hands were diminished, but you could hear two separate sounds of waves: one high pitched, very present sound as the water moved over the hydrophone itself (even buried!), and the other as the waves moved on the shoreline. We did a test to see how far away the hydrophone would pick up someone thumping on the ground, and it was audible for over 50 meters.

We buried the hydrophone in several inches of sand on the shore and could hear people walking close by as dull thump-thumps. There were also great shwhishy crunchy munch sounds as we brushed, scooped and dropped sand around the hydrophone.

Girl Singing in Water

At the campsite we could hear cicadas (track above). They were singing to each other in a huge chorus, but by the time I got my gear ready, only one was screeching solo.