Kate Stafford, an oceanographer with UW’s Applied Physics Lab, wanted to find out if any endangered bowhead whales passed through the Fram Strait, an inhospitable, ice-covered stretch of sea between Greenland and the northern islands of Norway.  When she listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for five wintertime months. Read more here, and listen to the haunting songs!