Wellfleet Wetland Frogs

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I had gone to a nearby conservation parcel for a nature walk in spring 2017, and had the windows open as I drove away from it. I passed by this wetland, and the peepers were deafening! I returned a couple days later at dusk, and set up both the hydrophone and microphones. The result is this release. An interesting property of this hydrophone is it (and/or its cable) behaves like a contact microphone, which is why the peepers are still audible on the underwater recording even though the hydrophone itself was entirely underwater.

I've never heard some of the sounds on the hydrophone recording before, and wasn't sure what they were. I asked around, and found an individual who kindly shared that the more unique underwater sounds are made by a pickerel frog. It felt like my understanding of the world got slightly greater after learning what the underwater sounds were!

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released February 28, 2019

Cover photo taken during recording.

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scutopus Falmouth, Massachusetts

"The diet is not known; fecal material contains organic (?) crystals and perhaps sediment particles. The radula morphology suggests that the diet is particle-size dependent, possibly detritus." -Scheltema 1981.

Aplacophoran by Chuck Stern.
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