Whale Vocalizations

Whales' methods of communication are complicated, and not yet well understood by scientists. Listen to examples of the vast differences in sounds that whales produce in these five recordings of whale vocalizations.

Recording 1: A humpback whale recorded March 22, 2003 at Isla Socorro, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico. Credit: Danielle Cholewiak, PhD., Acoustic Specialist, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA/NOS

Recording 2: A humpback whale. Credit: Sofie Ban Parijs, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Service.

Recording 3: A sperm whale echolocating. Courtesy of the Scripps Whale Scoustic Laboratory.

Recording 4: A right whale. Courtesy of the Scripps Whale Scoustic Laboratory.

Recording 5: Another right whale. Courtesy of the Scripps Whale Scoustic Laboratory.

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