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ABC News: Scientists Discover How Whales Can Sing and How Shipping Noise Disrupts Communication

February 21, 2024
  • Behavior
  • Species conservation
  • Natural history

Scientists discover how whales can sing under water and how shipping noise can disrupt communication

Published on ABC News: February 21, 2024

A discovery on how baleen whales are able to sing under water is giving scientists a better understanding on how noise pollution from shipping activity can alter marine mammal's ability to communicate -- and therefore thrive as a species.

When the ancient ancestors of whales returned to the ocean from land, they developed major adaptations to make vocal communication feasible under water, according to a study published in Nature on Wednesday.

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