Musician Unraveled the Secrets of Whale Song

Musician Unraveled the Secrets of Whale Song

How a Musician Unraveled the Secrets of Whale Song

Whale songs are some of the most hauntingly beautiful and bizarre noises in the world. These majestic marine mammals interact with each other to create songs of escalating length and complexity over the years, in what one might compare to jazz riffing or Indigenous Australian songlines, the cultural, social, and physical maps passed down through generations.

Research helped to improve our understanding of whales and the way they interact with each other. It also illustrated that activities we often consider exclusively human aren’t so unique after all; whales have a sense of aesthetics and they compose collaborative songs with meticulous care.

Listen to an example Whale Song at: http://www.npr.org/2015/08/06/427851306/it-took-a-musicians-ear-to-decode-the-complex-song-in-whale-calls

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