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Whale Pop Songs

April 16, 2011

Whale Pop Songs

Humpback whale males sing. So, do whale daddies teach tunes to half-pint humpback sons? Think about it: how many hot babes wanna hear your ol’ man’s favorite music? Eeww! Stick it in your spout-hole, Dude!

New humpback whale songs spread through the ocean just like your fave tunes. Scientists call this horizontal cultural transmission. We call it Pop Music.

Yo humpbacks: Rave on, Dudes!


“Catchiest Mating Songs Spread Through Whale Populations Like Top 40 Hits,” Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine blog

Bonus: Golden Oldie Humpback Music Video


Top image (“Humpback Whale Wails”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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