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Humpback Whale Songs Spread Eastward Like the Latest Pop Tune (2 of 2)

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Caption: Humpback whales have their own version of the hit single, according to a study reported online on April 14 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. At any given time within a population, male humpbacks all sing the same mating tune. But the pattern of the song changes over time, with the new and apparently catchy versions of the song spreading repeatedly across the ocean, almost always traveling from west to east.

Credit: Current Biology, Garland

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