How whales belch
Wednesday November 26, 2014
Biologists reveal: "Whale songs" are really just long burps
London, Tübingen (dpo) - One of the last great secrets of nature has apparently been finally deciphered by an international team of researchers: the songs of whales. As a result, the elongated sounds are not, as previously suspected, a special type of communication, but merely gigantic burps. Why the animals spend a large part of their lives belching is now to be explored further.
"We observed the animals for fourteen months," says team leader Benjamin Klerris, recalling the beginnings of the research series. "Nobody was able to correctly explain the origins of the supposed chants, which span up to four octaves and can be heard for miles," until the scientists observed that the whales always swallow a little air when they emerge to breathe or from the water leap. "All of a sudden the solution was in front of us in all its beauty," reports the team leader.
Whales burp mainly to pass the time in the endless expanse of the ocean. "And as sociable animals, of course, they burp back when they hear another conspecific burp," explains Klerris. The image of whales as the gentle giants of the seas is out of date. "Rather, whales have to be correctly described as the uncouth proles of the ocean."
Anyone who has previously listened to recordings of "whale songs" for reassurance can now enjoy the sounds in a whole new way in the light of the new discoveries. "Especially the very long burps give the listener a whole new respect for this fascinating animal species", says Benjamin Klerris.
Reader service: 16:11 minutes of walrus for relaxation
ssi, dan, fed; Photo above: Joost van Uffelen / Shutterstock
- Which is the closest airport to Udupi
- What army did Rome defeat?
- How would you simplify 6x 4 4x
- What is Jio Cinema
- Christians believe that atheists are rude
- What is the molecular formula of propene
- How do you say should in Thai
- Who is Regis Philbin married to
- Is the magnetic force conservative
- Are there white people in America?
- How many Borderlands games are there
- Why is it so difficult to change jobs
- How predictive are the ratings of Morningstars mutual funds
- In which countries is tennis most popular?
- How does AWS CodePipeline compare to Jenkins
- Where is the Nandankanan Zoological Park located
- Where is Minnesota
- Is YouTube TV better than Hulu
- How big could crowdfunding get?
- Using the WP Super Cache plugin and Cloudflare
- Is distilling water dangerous?
- Does leadership coaching work?
- What are the types of magnets
- What is a magnet school in America