The speed and distance sound travels are affected by the temperature, pressure and chemistry of the ocean. Naturally-occurring seasonal ocean noise could explain the seasonal variation in whale call pitch observed by the researchers in the southern Indian Ocean, however. They observe the seasonal variation in pitch during the months of the austral summer when sea ice breaks up.
Iceberg crackles are loud.
They boom for thousands of kilometers in a frequency range overlapping the pitch of the Antarctic blue whales' calls. To be heard over the noise the whales may need to get a little louder, the study suggests. Singing louder makes the pitch go up. Materials provided by American Geophysical Union.
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Acoustics is a major area of study for whale researchers.
The humpback whales' song is probably the most complex in the animal kingdom. Researchers study their songs and use this information in many areas of marine research and technology.
The humpback song, which is made up of repeated themes, can last for up to 30 minutes and some humpbacks sing for hours at a time! Only the males sing and all male humpbacks in the same region sing the same song. The song itself changes over time, making it different from year to year. The songs generally occur during the breeding season, suggesting that they are related to breeding.
But researchers are still asking why do male humpbacks sing? Whale Hearing In addition to singing, humpbacks also hear well. Sound is exceptionally important to marine mammals living in the ocean a very noisy place. Hearing is a well-developed sense in all cetaceans, largely because of the sensitive reception of waterborne vibrations through bones in the head. Take a look at the size of a whale's head compared to its entire skeleton.
You will notice that the head comprises up to one third of the total body length. The whale ear is a tiny opening that closes underwater.
The bone structure of the middle and inner ears is modified from that of terrestrial land-based mammals to accommodate hearing underwater. Icebergs grind above a seabed dotted with salps, sea squirts, sponges, and other barely animate organisms. The sun scarcely rises for half the year.
Under the elemental conditions at these latitudes, Antarctic blue whales exist in a world defined by bioacoustics. Whether to attract a mate, to repel a rival, or for some other social purpose, the sounds blue whales make are less song, more drone— a tectonic rumble on the furthest edge of human hearing. That the sounds of blue whales seem simple might suggest they are unchanging across generations.
But these atonal sounds have begun evolving. Since at least the s, their pitch has downshifted the equivalent of three white keys on a piano. Scientists have theories as to why —some worrisome, some hopeful, all involving humans. Groups of pygmy blue whales found near Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Australia, as well as fin whales, which live in seas around the world, have also dropped their pitch. Even before this change, fin whales emitted sounds so low as to be nearly imperceptible to humans; the wavelengths of their calls were often longer than the bodies of the whales themselves.
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