Social structure in migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

@article{Valsecchi2002SocialSI,
  title={Social structure in migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)},
  author={E. Valsecchi and P. Hale and P. Corkeron and W. Amos},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2002},
  volume={11}
}
Although largely solitary, humpback whales exhibit a number of behaviours where individuals co‐operate with one another, for example during bubble net feeding. Such cases could be due to reciprocal altruism brought on by exceptional circumstances, for example the presence of abundant shoaling fish. An alternative explanation is that these behaviours have evolved through kin selection. With little restriction to either communication or movement, diffuse groups of relatives could maintain some… Expand
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