Sperm whales have local dialects, new study shows

David Lusseau

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Abstract

A sperm whale’s “click” is the loudest sound produced by any animal – and it has an identifying dialect. In fact, according to a study published in Nature Communications, the whales aren’t born with different vocal chords or a bit of the sea particularly suited to a certain kind of click. They simply acquire their dialects from one another in the same way you or I might have taken on our parents' accent – by copying what they hear.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Trust UK
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Animal behaviour

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