Monday, April 18, 2011

BBC - Earth News - Humpback whale song spreads to other whales

BBC - Earth News - Humpback whale song spreads to other whales: "Recordings of male humpback whales have shown that their haunting songs spread through the ocean to other whales.

Researchers in Australia listened to hundreds of hours of recordings gathered over more than a decade.

These revealed how a specific song pattern, which originated in Eastern Australia, had passed 'like Chinese whispers' to whale populations up to 6,000km away in French Polynesia.

The findings are reported in the journal Current Biology."