Whale conversation decoded

Posted on November 8, 2007 

Whale conversation decoded

They may sound like wops, thwops, grunts, moans and squeaks to the human ear, but they could actually be complex conversations between remarkable ocean mammals.

Thousands of hours of humpback whale sounds have been recorded off the coast of Queensland and analysed to reveal a secret and ancient language of the deep sea.

Over three years, researchers identified at least 34 recurring sounds – some lasting less than one second and others stretching for more than 10 – that can be linked to specific, different social settings.

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