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Chimpanzee Yawning (Tim Davis / Corbis)

How Humpback Songs Go Platinum

Humpback Whale
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Male humpback whales in the South Pacific all sing the same song—until another one catches on and they start singing a new tune. An 11-year study showed that songs usually originate off Australia and spread east. How? A few whales may move east and take the songs with them, or they may swap songs along shared migration routes.


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