Songs of Humpback Whales

@article{Payne1971SongsOH,
  title={Songs of Humpback Whales},
  author={R. Payne and S. McVay},
  journal={Science},
  year={1971},
  volume={173},
  pages={585 - 597}
}
  • R. Payne, S. McVay
  • Published 1971
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • 1) Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) produce a series of beautiful and varied sounds for a period of 7 to 30 minutes and then repeat the same series with considerable precision. We call such a performance "singing" and each repeated series of sounds a "song." 2) All prolonged sound patterns (recorded so far) of this species are in song form, and each individual adheres to its own song type. 3) There seem to be several song types around which whales construct their songs, but individual… CONTINUE READING
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