Subject: Humpback Whale Song References?

Gottfried Mayer-Kress (
Sun, 05 Jan 1997 18:04:24 -0500


In his 1995 book "Among Whales"  Dr. Roger Payne describes his
findings that:
         - songs of humpback whales of the same breeding ground are
            structurally identical
         - the structure of the songs evolves with a typical time scale of
            a year
The only related reference in Dr. Payne's book is an article by Payne and
McVay in a 1971 issue of Science.
We would be interested in more details of these studies and what research
has been done since 1971. We have 1993 and 1996 humpback whale
recordings from Samana Bay (courtesy Bob Bowman) and plan to do
our own recordings in the same area.
We would also be interested in humpback whale recordings (with
information of location and time of the recording) that support this
claim. We would be especially interested in recordings from the
North Atlantic breeding grounds in the Caribbeans.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Dr. Gottfried Mayer-Kress

P.S.: We just learned about the reference:
Communication and Behavior of Whales AAAS Selected Symposium 76