It has been known for some time that humpback whales can communicate over great distances.
The song is carried along during the humpback whale’s long migrations across the oceans and researchers have now seen how local songs have migrated further across the Pacific – from the coast of Australia all the way to Ecuador, reports Vetenskapsradion.
The researchers, whose study was published in the scientific journal Royal Society Open Science, believe that whales pick up the local melodies of other populations as they move across the oceans.
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Whales, with their majestic appearance, enthrall most people, but human activity in the oceans makes it increasingly difficult for animals. Now the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is pulling the emergency brake, requiring special whale protection areas for the routes whales migrate along…
Text: Tomas Lauffs/TT
Photo: Johan Hallnäs/TT, Tony Wu/WWF
We are going to the northern Norwegian fjord Kvänangen approximately 20 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Fishing boats from all over the Norwegian west coast come to this particular fjord during some intense winter months to fish huge amounts of herring. But there are also other creatures that want the herring. In addition to a number of predatory fish and gulls, an unusually high number of killer whales and large humpback whales have also become increasingly numerous. Sometimes there may be conflict…
Reportage: Lars-Öivind Knutsen
Photo: Lars Öivind Knutsen, Roberto Lo Monaco, Göran Ehlmé, Simon Stanford, Anders Kronborg
Editor: Apollonia Meleouni, Alexandre Gobatti Ramos
During the summer, there have been alarming reports from the Baltic Sea that the herring is running out. The cod is long gone. The party is over. Of all the world’s fish stocks, 90% are fully exploited or threatened with collapse. The oceans are running dry, but there is a sea where there is enough fish for everyone, humans and fish, whales and birds. In northern Norway, the water is teeming with life. …
Reportage: Lena Scherman
Photo: Lars Öivind Knutsen, Roberto Lo Monaco, Göran Ehlmé
Editor: Alexandre Gobatti Ramos