Intra-individual variation in the songs of humpback whales suggests they are sonically searching for conspecifics.

  title={Intra-individual variation in the songs of humpback whales suggests they are sonically searching for conspecifics.},
  author={Eduardo Mercado},
  journal={Learning \& behavior},
  • E. Mercado
  • Published 17 November 2021
  • Environmental Science
  • Learning & behavior
Observations of animals' vocal actions can provide important clues about how they communicate and about how they perceive and react to changing situations. Here, analyses of consecutive songs produced by singing humpback whales recorded off the coast of Hawaii revealed that singers constantly vary the acoustic qualities of their songs within prolonged song sessions. Unlike the progressive changes in song structure that singing humpback whales make across months and years, intra-individual… 


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