UW Today

July 31, 2012

Critically endangered whales sing like birds; new recordings hint at rebound — with audio

This bowhead whale is a member of the population that lives in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea. The Bowheads that were the subject of this study are rarely seen.

When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for five wintertime months. Listen to the bowheads repeat…