This animation depicts how ocean sound data were being brought to you via the Internet in near-real time. As sound waves were emitted, they traveled through the SOFAR channel to the hydrophone array deployed on Pioneer Seamount, 40 miles off the coast of Central California. The array captured the data and transmitted it through the underwater submarine cable to shore. After being compressed into an audible format at the NOAA facility in Newport, Oregon, the data was made available online for the public and researchers. Image courtesy of Sounds in the Sea 2001, NOAA/OER.