The north pacific right whale is considered to be the rarest whale in the world. Up until now, their song has not been captured on recording for all to hear. For the very first time in history, marine biologists have captured the song of the North Pacific Whale. And the recording been made available for all to hear.
Marine Biologists used to believe that the North Pacific Right Whale songs were an attempt to attract a mate. With less than 30 of these amazing whales believed to be alive today, recording their song was difficult. There simply is not enough of them, to just go out and start recording. First, the whales must be found so that the sightings match with what is being recorded. For the first time in history, this has been accomplished.
Whale Sounds Are Often Thought To Be Songs Of Loneliness
Whales commonly emit short and isolated sounds. The sounds are often described as being lonely sounding. The reason may be that they are indeed lonely hoping to find a mate. Other types of whales have been recorded communicating with each other using isolated sounds, shrieks, screams, and warbles. This has been the first time that North Pacific Whales have been recorded singing in unison.
The captured songs of the North Pacific Whale was recorded in the Bering Sea, according to CNN which is a team from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.)
“During a summer field survey in 2010, we started hearing a weird pattern of sounds. We thought it might be a right whale, but we didn’t get visual confirmation,” said Jessica Crance, a marine mammal scientist. “So we started going back through our long-term data from moored acoustic recorders and saw these repeating patterns of gunshot calls. I thought these patterns look like song.”
“We heard these same songs during a summer survey in 2017, and were able to localize the songs to male right whales,” Crance explained. “We can now definitively say these are right whales, which is so exciting because this hasn’t been heard yet in any other right whale population.”
Scientists still don’t know if the female right whales also sing to attract a mate. With so few left in the wild, they truly are challenging to study. Take a moment to listen to their song.