Subject: Singing on feeding grounds (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 16:56:45 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 10:53:58 -0400
From: Phillip Clapham <>
Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion
Subject: Singing on feeding grounds

     There are a number of reports regarding humpback whales singing on
     feeding grounds, published and otherwise, and including one from
     Stellwagen Bank.


     Mattila, D. K., L. N. Guinee and C. A. Mayo.  1987.  Humpback whale
     songs on a North Atlantic feeding ground.  Journal of Mammalogy 68:

     McSweeney, D. J., K. C. Chu, W. F. Dolphin and L. N. Guinee.  1989.
     North Pacific humpback whale songs: a comparison of southeast Alaskan
     feeding ground songs and Hawaiian wintering ground songs.  Marine
     Mammal Science 5: 116-138.

     Since the 1987 paper, we have heard humpbacks singing on various
     occasions in the Gulf of maine, including in August in the Great South
     Channel (SE of Cape Cod).

     Phil Clapham