Whales sing in dialects

8 03 2007

Not surprising, but exciting that it’s being confirmed; whales sing in different “dialects.” It’s of little wonder that different populations have different types of calls, and that calls vary between individuals within the dialect, but I’m very excited that this is being empirically confirmed and studied. It’s well known that birds have different dialects depending on where they are from, so why should it be any different for whales? I find it encouraging no longer are animals just lower beings on the scala naturae, but are afforded emotions and intelligence once thought to be the sole property of Homo sapiens.


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