Summary #802

We can tell where a whale has travelled from the themes in its song

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  • Whales sing different songs in different regions of the world, and whales that pass through a new place also learn its song.
  • By recording whale songs in different locations and breaking them down, researchers identified three distinct song types from 52 whales.
  • Type 1 dominated the central Pacific, type 2 was common in the west, and type 3 was only heard near eastern Australia.
  • This means that scientists can pinpoint where a whale has come from by the song its singing.

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