Singing humpback whales respond to wind noise, but not boats

11 May 2023
Whale breaching
UQ researchers recorded humpback whales off the Queensland coast for the study.

A University of Queensland study has found humpback whales sing louder when the wind is noisy, but don’t have the same reaction to boat engines.

Research lead Dr Elisa Girola from UQ’s Faculty of Science said this quirk of whale evolution could have consequences for breeding and behaviour.

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