Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The language of whales revealed - LiveScience -

The language of whales revealed - LiveScience - "A related study, also by Scripps researchers, found that there are distinct 'dialects' of whale-speak in different regions of the ocean. The finding could have implications for preservation efforts.

The scientists used acoustic recordings to delineate nine population regions worldwide. They found the whales weren't evenly distributed, though: Populations using a 'Type 1' call, for example, live within a narrow band of ocean hugging the North American coast, while whales that use a 'Type 4' call are spread over a large swath of the Northern Pacific Ocean."

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