Whale Songs in the Air

"Common Rorqual and Sibbald's Rorqual or Blue Whale", by Archibald Thorburn,1920 chromolithograph. From NBWM Kendall Collection

From the category of “Timing is Everything” comes a story from the waters off Long Beach, CA.  The presence of endangered blue whales off the CA coast had attracted enough attention to get an NBC News camera crew onto a whale watch boat. While on the water, they heard something that seems to have never been heard before by modern researchers, a whale vocalization made in the air. The video clip, which can be linked to via the previous hyperlink, can also be found here.

It’s possible, of course, that Yankee or other whalers witnessed this but never thought to write it down…or maybe someone did. Seems like a research project in the making.

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