Songs of male humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, are involved in intersexual interactions

@article{Smith2008SongsOM,
  title={Songs of male humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, are involved in intersexual interactions},
  author={Joshua N Smith and Anne Wilson Goldizen and Rebecca A. Dunlop and Michael J. Noad},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={76},
  pages={467-477}
}
Male humpback whales produce complex songs during the breeding season, yet the singing behaviour of males and whether songs function in male contests and/or through female choice are still poorly understood. [...] Key Method We collected movement data by acoustic tracking using a hydrophone array, land-based visual tracking and observations from a small boat. Of the 114 singers analysed, 66 (58%) associated with conspecifics. Singers were significantly more likely to join groups containing a mother–calf pair…Expand

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