The language of sperm whales: Dialects and accents abound

Summary:Sperm whales have dialects and accents, according to a study published in the journal Animal Behaviour.

Sperm whales have dialects and accents, according to a study published in the journal Animal Behaviour.

The study, via Science Daily, is the result of the Dominica Sperm Whale Project, which aims to track and compare whale calls over time.

As explained in Science Daily, whales have clicks and patterns known as codas. These codas enable whales to tell what members of a community are speaking. There are also accents and dialects. For instance, Caribbean and Pacific whales have different dialects.

The findings were published by Dalhousie Ph.D. student Shane Gero, University of St. Andrews PhD student Ricardo Antunes, Tyler Schulz, Mr. Gero, Dal professor Dr. Hal Whitehead, and St. Andrews faculty members Dr. Jonathan Gordon and Dr. Luke Rendell. These co

The aim of the Dominica Sperm Whale Project is to learn more about the whale community, which is under a threat from pollution and human ocean activities.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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