Photo: Johanna Hanno 2014

Photo: Johanna Hanno 2014


Heike Vester biologist & founder & CEO of Ocean Sounds, specialized in social Behaviour & Bio-acoustics of marine animals.




Born in Germany, studied Biology in Berlin and moved to Northern Norway in 1998. 1999-2003 studied Arctic Biology and Physiology at the University of Tromsø.
Received her Masters of Science at the University of Tromsø, Norway in 2003.
Moved to Henningsvær / Lofoten in 2004 and founded Ocean Sounds in August 2005.
Since 2003 studies the behavior and communication of orcas in northern Norway (mostly in Vestfjord & Tysfjord).
Since 2006 studies also all other whales and dolphins in the area (pilot whales, humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, dolphins and harbor porpoises and seals).
Since 2012 teaches Animal Behavior and Biology of Marine Mammals  (Marine Mammal Biology (BI227) at the University of Nordland in Bodø and supervises bachelor and master students.
Currently, works on a PhD on the vocal behavior of killer whales and long-finned pilot whales in Lofoten – in cooperation with the Cognitive Ethology Group at the University of Göttingen in Germany, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization.
Patroller for orcas for USEA a Undersea Soft Encounter Alliance.

..her main interest is to preserve life on this planet by trying to minimize human destruction…..

Non profit organization registered in Germany: Ocean Sounds e.V. VR721563
CEO: Heike Vester2nd CEO Tobias Kostial
Financial adviser: Ralf Ehret (Steuerberater)
postal address: Friedrichstr. 10, 73663 Berglen, Germany


Madita Zetzsche, German, came for the first time to Norway in 2006 for holidays and met Heike & Ocean Sounds and has been an assistant since.

During her summer breaks from school she helped Oceans Sounds during 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Her work with Ocean Sounds inspired Madita to learn more about bio-acoustics and she volunteered at the archive for animals sounds / HU Berlin.
July-September 2012  she has worked for Ocean Sounds. She is now studying Biology at the University of Berlin and assists with the Orca Project of Ocean Sounds and the MPI in Göttingen.

„As I always wished to be one with the waves -OceanSoul- “

Felipe Matos, Brazilian who moved to Norway in 2008, got a bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Nordland in Bodø in 2013, and is now coursing a Master in Marine Ecology at the same university. His project in partnership with Ocean Sounds is to study distribution of Marine Mammals in the Vestfjorden from 2006 – 2014 using data acquired by Heike Vester, and correlate this data with sea temperature, fishing, whale hunting, sonar activity, and seismic surveys.
The goal is to monitor marine mammal abundance and see how human activity may or may not have influenced whale distribution in the fjord, and how it changes over time.

dead-finwhale-hvester-2013 (1 of 1)-7Ellyne Dudkowski, American who moved to Norway in 2010 to study Biology at the University of Nordland. She started working with Ocean Sounds AS in 2012 on her bachelor thesis on Killer Whale Photo ID. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Biology in 2012. She is currently a master student working on her thesis project with Ocean Sounds AS studying the vocal behavior and distribution of the Atlantic White Sided Dolphins in Vestfjorden. Her project is supported by Lofotrådet / Bo i Lofoten!

Scientific Cooperation

Network Dynamics Group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics & Self-organization in Goettingen, Germany.
Head of Group: Prof.Dr. Marc Timme
Dr. Sarah Hallerberg
Dr. Kurt Hammerschmidt
, Cognitive Ethology Group, German Primate Center and University of Goettingen, Germany

Fredrik Broms, Humpback whale Photo-ID project, Tromsø, Norway

Charlotte Cure and Patrick MIller, SMRU, St. Andrews, UK.