Go on, sing us a song
Go on, sing us a song

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Bowhead whales may be the most versatile singers in the mammalian world. Recordings show that they regularly devise entirely new songs, rather than modifying existing ones.

Bowhead whales are some of the largest animals alive. They spend their lives in and around the Arctic.

Kate Stafford of the University of Washington in Seattle and her colleagues planted hydrophones in the Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Over three years the hydrophones recorded 184 bowhead whale songs.

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