The Greenland whale is able to release so many melodies that its music is unique in the world of cets, the BBC reported on the results of a new research. For a long time, the “singer” of the long whale has been given the most attention, but now it turns out that the musical repertoire of the Greenland whale in the Arctic Ocean is much wider.
Researchers at the Spitzbergs living on a palm tree show that animals have melodic call tones as varied as songwriters. This feature can make them unique, perhaps even among mammals. During the three years of research, 184 different melodies of the population living near the Spitzbergs were detected. Vocalizations have been registered 24 hours a day, almost every winter of the three years.
According to Kate Stafford, lead author of the study published in the American Academy of Sciences (PNAS), there are thousands of alphabets of Greenland whales. “Their songs are like classical music, they are very organized. You can have a song for 20 to 30 minutes, because although the length of a melody ranges from 45 seconds to two minutes, it’s repeated, “he said.
To know the long-haired whale, you sing the same melody for a season, while in Greenland, a melody type lasts for a few hours or days before it changes. Little is known about the Greenland whale, but the authors believe that males probably will not sing during the breeding season.
The Greenland Whale can break through as much as half a meter thick ice cap, and its life span is 200 years. As far as it seems terrible, because of its very thick fat, the Spitzbergs have been hunting since the 1600s. Their number was reduced, and the harsh natural environment of their living environment did not attract the researchers to study them, so they kept their mystique for a long time.
Because of the knowledge of the Alaskan people, the West Arctic population is better known to science. The size of the Spitzbergs population could not be measured, relying on previous works, they believe there are at least 343. Researchers would like to hear the singing of individual instances and want to know more about which song they sing. “It will be difficult to understand this mystery, but it is a great achievement that we are able to listen to ice in the back of this god,” Stafford added.