Whether to keep up with keep up the coolest tunes or to stand out from the crowd, male humpback whales change their songs over time, researchers in Australia report.
Researchers had known that male humpbacks sing as part of courtship and mating behaviors. Now they think the whales may be mixing up their playlist to show off.
“We believe the song is continually changing because the males wish to be novel or slightly different to the male singing next to them," Ellen Garland, a doctoral student at the University of Queensland, said in a news release.
Other times, the whales may be picking up a tune they've heard before, sort of a sub-Pacific top 40.
“The way whales change their song can be compared to how humans follow fashion trends – someone starts a new trend, and before you know it, everyone starts wearing the same thing," Garland said.
The whale tunes move eastward across the Pacific, starting off in Australia and spreading to French Polynesia, according to the study.
“I noticed that the songs moved quite rapidly through the six populations, usually taking two years to spread all the way across the region,” Garland said.
The observed pattern and scope of cultural change is "unmatched in non-human culture," according to the university's news release.
The whales were studied over an 11-year period. The full study is published in the journal Current Biology.
@joey: how are you, hon? I don't understand it either, but it's all good. No worries, here!
@Mmmmm: that's why I came up with it...for just those kinds of moments! I used that as my siggy for years on another site. Enjoy!
:-( this is really putting a damper on the whalesongs....cmon you guys...cheer up!
Go Cesar! go Cesar! give us a whalesong...
Whale, whale,(like downtown,downtown), whale whale, if you happen to be, on the edge of the sea, you can see me swim, whale, whale, etc.... Made for Mmmmm, with love, hon!!!
See all the ships, and swim faster than them, its all fun and sun, downtown,.etc...
Hey people!! I'm here. @thomas very nice keep on Mmmmmm @ whale ymx radio fm
Just listen for the humpbacks
Sing their song outside the city.
Singing to the females
"Baby, you are so darn pretty
What can I do?"
@joey: hey, hon. Whassup?
@Mmmmm making a song for you, I need two months to finish it, please wait for me. Listen to ! whale radio ! wxyz fm @chicago 117.3
Hi banasy, nice to hear ya, what's up babe, excuse me "Queen"
Nice song banasy, wish I could hear the female whales sing!!!!
Same as it ever was, joey. And that's Queen *Bee*, thank you.
Well, let me give it some thought... Thomas started the ball rolling with "Downtown".
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How's this? (Continuation of the lyrics above)
"Well, hey, humpboy
You're one fine whale,
If you can show me your blowhole
You might get my tail,
Things will be great if we
The tale of the
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