Breaching Humpback Whale (IMAGE) Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Caption A breaching humpback whale in Hawaiian waters. Male humpbacks in Hawaii produce long songs during the mating season. This song contains high levels of acoustic particle motion, the vibratory component of sound, which may be used in both communication and hearing. Credit (Photo by T. Aran Mooney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/NMFS permit #: 1468) Usage Restrictions with proper credit and permit number License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.