Deep Blue Notes: episode one – podcast

In episode one of this three-part series, pioneering nature sound recordist Chris Watson sets off on a journey to record one animal that has so far evaded his microphones – the blue whale.

Despite being the largest animals to have ever lived, much of their lives remain a mystery. As Chris travels to Mexico to try to find the whales, he meets scientists, conservationists and others who are also keen to learn more about their behaviour and the ocean environment they inhabit.

Chris is joined on his journey by spatial audio sound artist, engineer and academic Tony Myatt with whom he is collaborating on a special sound installation for Oceans 21, a project series on the fascination and endangerment of the oceans.

A blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) raises its fluke for a deep dive in the Sea of Cortez, Baja California, off the coast of Mexico.

Credit: Tui De Roy/ Minden Pictures/ Getty Creative

Photograph: Tui De Roy/Minden Pictures RM/Getty Images/Minden Pictures RM

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