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Secrets Behind the Songs of Humpback Whales

Science & Tech  (tags: animals, discovery, interesting, news, Rarotonga, research, science, whales )

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The male humpback song can be 20 minutes long, carries for miles, and is repeated many times to mark their territory. But the next year they return with a new composition. Logged in Doomwatch Legacy by Sunstroke author David Kagan.

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Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:01 am
whales will always intrigue me in a very special way....

Frances Darcy (225)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:33 am
wonderful creatures..

Bob P. (401)
Friday October 18, 2013, 7:25 am
Thanks Kayleen

natasha salgado (717)
Friday October 18, 2013, 7:40 am
Amazing animals! Thanks

Rebecca D. (30)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:03 am
whales are lovely :)

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:19 am
thanks for sharing

Kath P. (9)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 4:18 am
Just goes to show that 'we' are not alone.

Frank R. (51)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 4:37 am
Thanks for sharing

Fi T. (21)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:16 am
Songs learnt can never be forgotten - miracle of life to be treasured

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:59 am
Magnificent big beasties.

Alina Kanaski (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:03 am
Thanks for sharing!!

Malgorzata Zmuda (195)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 11:51 am

M B. (62)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:13 pm
thanks for sharing, I would like to listen to their melody.

Christeen Anderson (659)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:53 pm
Thank you for this interesting and informative post. I enjoyed it.

kate K. (482)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:55 pm
Beautiful creatures :-)

Birgit W. (159)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:06 pm
Very interesting article. Thank you.

Roger Garin-michaud (154)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:22 pm
noted, thanks

Elisa F. (235)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:36 pm
Magnificent! Thanks, Kayleen.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:54 pm
aren't they beautiful. noted, thanks

DaleLovesOttawa O. (198)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:46 pm
Fascinating and intriguing, a mammal with a delightful song with the ocean as its audience.

Dmitry Nikiforov (222)
Monday October 21, 2013, 12:59 am
Thanks Kayleen

Ruth C. (141)
Monday October 21, 2013, 5:07 am
Whale lifespans vary among species and are not well characterized. Whaling left few older individuals to observe directly. R.M. Nowak of Johns Hopkins University estimated that humpback whales may live as long as 77 years. In 2007, a 19th century lance fragment was found in a bowhead whale off Alaska, suggesting the individual could be between 115 and 130 years old. Aspartic acid racemization in the whale eye, combined with a harpoon fragment, indicated an age of 211 years for another male, which, if true would make bowheads the longest-lived extant mammal species. The accuracy of this technique has been questioned because racemization did not correlate well with other dating methods.

John Gregoire (293)
Monday October 21, 2013, 5:39 am
Would seem someone watched CBS news/60 minutes.

Many Feathers (139)
Monday October 21, 2013, 6:02 am
awesome and beautiful creatures

Jaime Alves (51)
Monday October 21, 2013, 7:11 am

Frank R. (51)
Monday October 21, 2013, 9:29 am

aj E. (164)
Monday October 21, 2013, 2:00 pm

Valerie H. (133)
Monday October 21, 2013, 4:17 pm
Thank you for sharing......

june t. (66)
Monday October 21, 2013, 11:37 pm
this story reminds us of how little we know

Melania Padilla (197)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 9:59 am
Amazing creatures, thanks
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