Cultural revolution in whale songs

Noad, Michael J., Cato, Douglas H., Bryden, M. M., Jenner, Micheline -N. and Jenner, K. Curt S. (2000) Cultural revolution in whale songs. Nature, 408 6812: 537-537. doi:10.1038/35046199

Author Noad, Michael J.
Cato, Douglas H.
Bryden, M. M.
Jenner, Micheline -N.
Jenner, K. Curt S.
Title Cultural revolution in whale songs
Journal name Nature   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-0836
Publication date 2000-11-30
Year available 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/35046199
Open Access Status
Volume 408
Issue 6812
Start page 537
End page 537
Total pages 1
Place of publication London
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 0707 Veterinary Sciences
300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
Abstract Humpbacks have picked up a catchy tune sung by immigrants from a distant ocean. The song patterns of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) depend on where they live, with populations inhabiting different ocean basins normally singing quite distinct songs. Here we record a unique and radical song change in the song of humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean off the Australian east coast. Their song was replaced rapidly and completely by the song of the Australian west coast population from the Indian Ocean, apparently as a result of the introduction of only a small number of 'foreign' singers. Such a revolutionary change is unprecedented in animal cultural vocal traditions and suggests that novelty may stimulate change in humpback whale songs.
Keyword Zoology
Humpback Whales
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Veterinary Science Publications
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