Cultural revolution in whale songs

  title={Cultural revolution in whale songs},
  author={M. Noad and D. Cato and M. Bryden and M. Jenner and K. Jenner},
  • M. Noad, D. Cato, +2 authors K. Jenner
  • Published 2000
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The song patterns of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) depend on where they live, with populations inhabiting different ocean basins normally singing quite distinct songs. Here we record a unique and radical song change in the song of humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean off the Australian east coast. Their song was replaced rapidly and completely by the song of the Australian west coast population from the Indian Ocean, apparently as a result of the introduction of only a small number… CONTINUE READING
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