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Marine life has always fascinated me. I’ve had aquariums, gone to dolphin and orca shows and chartered dolphin watch cruises. The beauty of the ocean casts a spell on me and when I am around it, there is such a peace there.
However, one amazing fact that many may not know is about whales. Were you aware that the only whale that communicates by singing is the humpback whale? Yes, that is true. They sing low complicated, repeated patterns that can last from just a few minutes to an hour and a half sometimes. Researchers say that the male humpback whale does most of the singing during mating season and that the songs relay to the female their species and location. It is also noted that their song is the most complex in the animal kingdom. Their song is what humpback whales are famous for. They will usually repeat the same phrase over and over for two to four minutes.
Another interesting fact is that whales in the same geographical location tend to sing the same song with little or no changes. It’s been observed that as their song evolves, old patterns aren’t revisited. Whales from different non-overlapping locations sing entirely different songs. The study of these animals is so very interesting. They make other sounds besides their songs, such as grunts, groans, snorts and barks.
When you see the whales lunge out of the water, they have actually gotten under a school of fish and are feeding just as they lunge. Before they do that, they make a feeding call, song or sound. It’s not actually know what that call means, but it’s made prior to eating.
Last but not least, these sounds have been recorded and many times used for relaxation and meditation. These recordings began surfacing around 1970 and being put to music. Judy Collins has used the songs of the humpback whale in her music.
Amazon.com has several items focusing on the humpback whale. One is a cd of their songs.
Again, these products and many more are available at Amazon.com. A dream vacation would be to watch these awesome creatures in their natural surroundings. I’d probably be scared to death to be up close and personal, but what a sight it would be, and especially if I could hear their singing.
Thank you for reading today. As always, B# and God Bless you all!
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