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Dive into possibilities: The new SM3 aquatic models

Dive into possibilities: The new SM3 aquatic models

The SM3 aquatic is a device that's tougher than any we’ve ever made. The all new Song Meter features a rugged, die-cast aluminum body and an unprecedented 3 year warrantee. It’s a machine you can count on in the most extreme of environments.

But no two customers have the same demands out in the field, and that’s why it’s also our most flexible product line. Just about any feature can be tailored to fit your needs.

  • There's an ultrasonic and acoustic model
  • They're the only recorders of their kind to simultaneously monitor above and below the water line
  • Record any combination of marine, terrestrial, and avian life
  • Monitor all kinds of aquatic life, from 20Hz to 48kHz
  • Perform acoustic recording and noise logging simultaneously
  • Use out of the box recording programs, or customize your own.
  • Save time by choosing from a menu of standard options, such as daytime, nighttime, or continuous.
  • Or, create your own custom schedule with our easy-to-use configurator software.

Multiple Hardware Options

Outfit the SM3 to your needs. You can choose to record with the standard acoustic hydrophone, or you can opt to upgrade to an ultrasonic hydrophone. See our accessories page for more details.

Our kids are drawing science from cartoons

Our kids are drawing science from cartoons

Trying to raise environmentally conscious children in a world filled with iPads and televisions is an ever-constant challenge. As a mother of a young daughter I struggle to make her aware of the biology in the world around her.

Yet more and more, I’m finding it might not be as difficult as I thought. Lately I’ve seen cartoons that are not only teaching scientific concepts, but that are on the cutting edge of biological education. For years I’ve praised and pointed anyone who would listen to The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Episode 112 about bat echolocation as a fine example of science in cartoons (and of what we do at Wildlife Acoustics).

The show illustrates the science of echoes and how bats use them to navigate and forage in a way that any young child could appreciate.

In the Field with the SM2M and the Marine Education and Research Society.

In the Field with the SM2M and the Marine Education and Research Society.

We always enjoy hearing research updates from scientists who have deployed Wildlife Acoustics devices around the world. Recently, we caught up with Jared Towers, Minke Whale Research Director at MERS, to hear about the exciting research developments they have made with Minke whales. Here’s what he had to say:

“The MERS [Marine Education and Research Society] conducts research on Baleen whales off of Northern Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. In the summer of 2012 we deployed a Wildlife Acoustics SM2M near the community of Alert Bay in an area where Minke whales regularly occur. The SM2M was deployed in 70 feet of water for a total of 108 days and programmed to make back-to-back 3-hour recordings. During 54 of these days, we made 568 hours of visual observations of marine mammals from shore less than 150 metres from where the SM2M was deployed. In total, 9 species were observed and 6 (including Minke whales) were acoustically recorded. This kind of shore-based visual and acoustic research has allowed us to expand our study methods of baleen whales and other marine mammals, while concurrently reducing our impact on their behaviour and environment.”

For more information about their research check out MERS blog post featuring the SM2M.

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Bat Conservation International Bat Conservation Trust Wildlife Habitat Counsil