Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Stop the bloody wailing!

A news story this week reminded me of the old Greenpeace tee-shirt in a round about sort of way (yes - the spelling sort of way).

Do you think mother humpback whales are more tolerant of 'pop music' than human mothers? If not, they might easily be irritated by the new tunes that apparently sweep across the Pacific Ocean every year, always from West to East.

I could just imagine the cetacean equivalent of "turn that music off" being a request to stop the wailing.

Whale Pop Songs Spread Across the Ocean
is the title of an article in Science magazine last week. 11 years of research into whale songs in the Pacific has shown some of the fastest and most complex cultural evolution in a non-human species.

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