Recurring patterns in the songs of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

  title={Recurring patterns in the songs of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)},
  author={S. R. Green and E. Mercado and A. A. Pack and L. Herman},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  • S. R. Green, E. Mercado, +1 author L. Herman
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine, Chemistry
  • Behavioural Processes
  • Humpback whales, unlike most mammalian species, learn new songs as adults. Populations of singers progressively and collectively change the sounds and patterns within their songs throughout their lives and across generations. In this study, humpback whale songs recorded in Hawaii from 1985 to 1995 were analyzed using self-organizing maps (SOMs) to classify the sounds within songs, and to identify sound patterns that were present across multiple years. These analyses supported the hypothesis… CONTINUE READING
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