Whales give up singing to fight for love

17 Feb 2023
A surface-active adult humpback whale migrating along the eastern coastline of Australia. Credit: The Cetacean Ecology Group, University of Queensland

Male whales along Australia’s eastern seaboard are giving up singing to attract a mate, switching instead to fighting their male competition.

Associate Professor Rebecca Dunlop from The University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences led research analysing almost two decades of data on humpback whale behaviour and found singing may no longer be in vogue when it comes to seduction.

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