Whales learn songs from each other in a cultural ‘deep dive’

1 Jul 2022
Whale breaching
Humpback whales can quickly learn complex song patterns from other whale populations. Image: Supplied.

A University of Queensland-led study has found humpback whales can learn incredibly complex songs from whales from other regions.

Dr Jenny Allen, whose doctoral work at UQ’s School of Veterinary Science led to the study, said researchers found New Caledonian humpback whales could learn songs from their counterparts from Australia’s east coast with remarkable accuracy.

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