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Whales will learn their songs ‘verse by verse’

University of Queensland researchers have found that humpback whales learn songs in themes and segments in a process that appears similar to the way humans learn verses or new words.

They have shown that whales learned songs from each other and “remixed” or changes the composition of the songs over time.

The study was led by UQ biologist Ellen Garland and used data collected by Michael Noad from the university’s Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory.

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