Learn how humpback whales use songs to attract mates, and how the songs change over time, in this video from NOVA Wonders: What Are Animals Saying? Humpback whales can make a variety of different sounds and sing complex songs. Biologist Ellen Garland studied the songs sung by multiple populations of whales across the South Pacific over many years and found that new songs are passed along to different groups similar to the way trends are passed among humans. This research indicates that humpback whales have cultural transmission and that new songs may help male whales attract mates. This resource is part of the NOVA Wonders Collection.
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