The singing whale. In the days of wooden sailing ships seamen were often treated to song recitals of humpback whales amplified through the hulls of their vessels. Then steam and diesel engines drowned out the whales song until only a few yachtsmen knew of it. Their songs are a long plaintive melody, stretching from high and low notes, repeated in sequences that vary widely with the singer. They may be seven minutes long, or 30, and sometimes different songs are worked into performances lasting for hours. The whale may repeat the same song over and over with minor variations.
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