Aussie Humpbacks Trending Tracks
Radiohead may be setting trends in the human world of music, but when it comes to the ocean, tis the WHALES!
Australian Humpback whales, to be exact.
According to ABC News, researchers have noticed that Australian Humpback whales are setting musical trends in the South Pacific. The whale songs produced by those in Australian waters have trended amongst pods across a 6,000 kilometre stretch of water. Humpback whales in the French Polynesia have now taken a liking to the songs, imitating them as though it were their own repertoire.
Even though it has been proven that each whale song is usually quite distinct (for mating purposes), it is predicted that Humpback whales willingly picked up the ‘Aussie’ songs while sharing migration routes. PhD candidate, Ellen Garland likens this ‘cultural change’ amongst whales, to the changes in popular music and fashion trends of the human world.
To read the full news article from ABC News, click here.
To watch whales making music with humans, check out this Optus Commercial I found a while back.
FACT: Whale songs have previously been likened to Classical pieces, including Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. HOW? Well, the whale song is actually one of the most complexly structured songs of non-human animals. It uses theme and variation, rhyme-like structures, thematic material and a generous use of repetition! It is through these same elements that Mozart, along with many other Classical composers, has structured his own compositions.
Humpback whales are also known to be the only species whose song develops in such a uniform and systematic manner.
This post gives cred to Researchers: (Doolittle, 2007) (Payne, 2001) and ABC News.