Wednesday 18 October 2017

Baby whales' whisper helps avoid detection

Baby humpback whales "whisper" to their mothers to avoid attracting unwanted attention from predators and marauding males, scientists have discovered.

The quiet communication reduces the chances of being overheard by killer whales and sexually rampant male humpbacks looking for an opportunity to mate.

A study using microphone tags showed newborn whales uttered intimate grunts and squeaks that could only be heard at close range.

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