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Why Whale Songs Are Still One Of Science's Greatest Mysteries
"Whale songs are constantly evolving within a population. Males tend to stick to the current arrangement of a given song — a conformity that arises from the vocal learning of surrounding males. It's considered an excellent example of horizontal cultural transmission in a nonhuman animal.

What's more, elements of songs can be learned by separate populations of whales, which is referred to as cultural transmission. The degree of learning, however, is dependent upon geographic distance between populations. Fascinatingly, the acquisition of new songs or themes may be advantageous for groups of males who want to attract females.

These songs could be exchanged from one breeding population to another in one of three possible ways: between breeding seasons, within-season movement of individuals (which would be rare), or shared migration routes and/or on summer feeding grounds in high latitudes.

For the most part, however, populations of whales tend to have distinct songs, even when swimming in the same ocean basins."
whales  animals  nature  whalesongs  2015  communication  sound  audio  foreden 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Whaling Songs | HiLobrow
"Imagine, if you will, a Venn Diagram composed of the following sets: Coders. Musicians. Marine Biologists. Paul Winter. Leonard Nimoy. Your high school English teacher. And Ishmael.

The sole resident of the intersecting set would be, of course, a whale.

Or perhaps the whale’s trace, in the form of a song."
whales  animals  biology  nature  science  sound  marinebiology  whalesongs  leonardnimoy  paulwinter  mobydick  zooniverse  crowdsourcing  venndiagrams  moby-dick 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Whales []
"You can help marine researchers understand what whales are saying. Listen to the large sound and find the small one that matches it best. Click 'Help' below for an interactive guide."
whales  whalesongs  nature  sound  zooniverse  science  animals 
november 2011 by robertogreco

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