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Whales: Singers of Songs of the Deep

Updated on January 12, 2013

Whale Songs and Their Purpose

The word "song" is used to describe the pattern of regular and predictable sounds made by some species of whales.

Whale sounds are the sounds made by whales and which are used for different kinds of communication.

Male Humpback whales sing only on calving grounds and only in the mating period and humpback songs are similar, almost identical, within a single population. It has been suggested that humpback songs communicate male fitness to female whales.

The click sounds made by Sperm whales and dolphins are not strictly song, but the clicking sequences have been suggested to be individualized rhythmic sequences that communicate the identity of a single whale to other whales in its group and allows the groups to coordinate foraging activities.

Some whale songs have been described as ethereal, calming and soothing. The sounds of whales communicating have always intrigued me and I wanted to share them with you, as well as have some fun sharing some fun facts about whales. I have included some detailed information about 4 of the most popular whales and a quiz for each to have some fun!

Blue Whale
Blue Whale

The Blue Whale

Fun Facts

The Blue Whale is the largest living creature on Earth! The record is held by a female that measured at least 110 feet long her weight is estimated to be 209 tons.

The average length of a male is about 82 feet, and a female is about 85 feet. A new born calf Blue Whale measures about 19.5 feet and weighs in from 2.5-4 tons, an adults average weight is 100-120 tons!

They grow to that size on a diet of fish and Krill. Babies drink about 50 to 150 gallons of milk a day and grow as much as 200 pounds a day! That's 8 pounds an hour! Adults can consume as much as 4 tons of krill a day.

The population of Blue Whales last counted in 2002 estimated their numbers to be in the low thousands. In the pre-whaling days it is estimated their number were over 350,000, as much as 99% of the population were killed by whaling. They were added to the endangered list in the 1950's Besides "man" Blue Whales have no known predators.

They have a lifespan of more than 80 years.

Whale Song

Whale Songs on Disk

Songs Of The Humpbacked Whale -  Songs Of The Humpbacked Whale
Songs Of The Humpbacked Whale - Songs Of The Humpbacked Whale

This is it, the original "whale album." When first released in 1970, the various grunts, squeals, rumbles and plaintive cries took the world by storm, and created a worldwide interest in cetacean vocalization and intelligence. In many ways this album opened the door to preservation efforts which have prevented (so far) the extinction of many seagoing species. It was a revolutionary concept album, then and now.

 
Reiki Whale Song
Reiki Whale Song

Healing songs of the gentle giants of the deep echo throughout this unique collaboration of whale and man. Kamal, winner of Australia's prestigious Dolphin Award for musical excellence, blends authentic recordings of humpback whales with flute and soft synthesizer to create an atmosphere supportive of the healing energies of Reiki.

Winner: Best Meditation/Healing

--New Age Voice Music Award

 
Sounds of the Earth: Humpback Whales
Sounds of the Earth: Humpback Whales

Having recently been scuba diving with Humpback whales, this CD was absolutely incredible. Once you have heard whale song in person, you will be hooked and this CD does it! Having a variety helps too. The whale song near the surface was very reminiscent of our diving. Track two with the ghostly echoes from deep within underwater canyons is amazing. I highly recommend this collection.

 

National Geographic - Close Encounters of the Giant Kind

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

The Humpback Whale

Fun Facts

The Humpback Whale's lifespan is about 40 years. The 2002 estimated population of humpbacks is about 18,000 to 20,000.

The average size of an adult is about 30 to 50 feet, weighing from 23-30 tons, A newborn is 13 to 16 feet. And weighs from 1 to 2 tons.

When humpbacks are on their breeding grounds they DO NOT EAT for months.

Humpbacks appearance vary from the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, in the Pacific their pectoral fins are white underneath and black on top. The Atlantic humpback's pectoral fins are white on both sides.

Humpbacks can stay underwater for up to 30 minutes at a time.

The humpbacks tail or fluke has a distinct pattern on the underside and is used to identify them just like a finger print.

They eat 2 to 4 times a day consuming about 2 tons of fish, plankton and or crustaceans.

The male humpbacks song are the longest and most varied in ALL the animal kingdom and have sequences that last as much as 15 minutes long.

Whale T-Shirts - Raise Whale Awareness

Boy's BURGUNDY Whale Word Art T-shirt M - Created using the words Save The Whales
Boy's BURGUNDY Whale Word Art T-shirt M - Created using the words Save The Whales

Saving the whales is not something that we as a planet should be doing, it has become something that we as a planet HAVE to do. These animals are beyond majestic and need our help. Do you part and help spread the message with this stylish design.

 
The Mountain Adult 100% Cotton Orca Collage T-Shirt (Ocean Blue, Large)
The Mountain Adult 100% Cotton Orca Collage T-Shirt (Ocean Blue, Large)

Top quality, pre-shrunk, 100% Cotton. Hand-dyed in the USA with earth-friendly, water-based inks and dyes. Oekotex 100 Certified guarantees the shirt is free of chemicals harmful to your body. This is a unisex shirt that is a generous size that thrill most people. Men should order actual size. Women should order one size smaller than normal, unless they want a baggier fit.

 

Whale Joke

Q: What time is it when a whale runs into your boat?

A: Time for a new boat!

The Girl and the Whale - The Oceania Project - Caring for Whales & Dolphins

Wes and Willy Little Boys' Whales Swim Trunk, Bright Orange, 4
Wes and Willy Little Boys' Whales Swim Trunk, Bright Orange, 4

Your toddler boy can pretend he is a spouting whale and your will never lose sight of him in these bold orange colored Wes and Willy Whale Swim Trunks. Perfect for the pool and beach!

 

Killer Whales or Orca

Fun Facts

Orca are opportunistic feeders and one of the top predators in our oceans. Known to eat anything from squid, fish and birds to sea turtles, seals and dolphins and even tackle animals as large as Blue Whales. There is no known case of a wild orca ever killing a human.

They are the largest member of the dolphin family and can swim as fast as 34 MPH. They live in large groups called pods for life. Pods vary in size from as few as 3 to as many as 25.

Adults range from 18 to 32 feet and weigh 2.5 to 9 tons. Newborn calves measure 7 to 8 feet and weigh on the average of 395 pounds.

They are one of the most wide ranging mammals on the earth seen more often in cooler waters. Seen often around Vancouver Island, Antarctica, Norway and Iceland, but have been seen in other waters as well.

The Oceania Project Whale Spirit - Songs of the East Australian Humpback Whales

Whale Joke

Q: What kind of whale flies?

A: A Pilot Whale

Teach the children about whales. Pick a favorite whale and learn more about it with them!

Plush Whales for the Kids - Help Raise Whale Awareness

Webkinz Orca Whale
Webkinz Orca Whale

Webkinz pets are very special plush animals. Each Webkinz pet comes with a secret code that allows the owner to log into the website and adopt a virtual version of their pet. With this code as their key, children can join Webkinz World without giving out any personal information such as e-mail, last name or phone number.

 
Webkinz Blue Whale
Webkinz Blue Whale

No pet knows how to be a friend quite like a whale! This gentle giant will get along well with any Webkinz, no matter how big or small. You're sure to have a ton of fun with your true blue pal! Special Item: Whale Sized Wardrobe; Special Food: Grilled Krill Thrill Webkinz pets are lovable plush pets that each come with a unique Secret Code. With it, you enter Webkinz World where you care for your virtual pet, answer trivia, earn KinzCash, and play the best kids games on the net! Collect them all!

 
Ty Captain - Whale with Hat
Ty Captain - Whale with Hat

This commander of the sea is undoubtedly one of our cutest sea life designs ever created. He's ready to set sail with and with his jaunty sailor cap and wide grin you should join him!

 

Whale Music Video

Breaching Whales

Fun Picture I just Had To Share With You

Fun Picture I just Had To Share With You
Fun Picture I just Had To Share With You

Which is more Distracting - The Sign or Whales

Which is more distracting?

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Sperm Whale
Sperm Whale

Sperm Whales

Fun Facts

Sperm Whales have the largest heads in the animal kingdom, a males head makes up about 35% of its body length. They have a unique wrinkly skin almost prune like.

Adults measure 36 to 59 feet and weigh in between 20 to 50 tons. Newborn calves measure 11 to 14 feet and weigh about 1 ton at birth. Their lifespan is thought to be 75 years or more.

Hundreds of Sperm Whales have been seen traveling together, but generally live in groups from 1 to 50. The population of Sperm Whales is unknown.

Found worldwide in sub-polar deep water oceans. They can dive as deep as 985 feet and stay submerged for over 2 hours. But the average dive last about 45 minutes.

Sperm Whales eat fish, octopus, squid and giant squid, so all us lens masters better be on the look out!

Whale Songs and Sounds You Can Download - And Enjoy in Minutes

Whales Singing

Whale Joke

Q: Why do whales sing?

A: Because they can't talk.

The singing whale - Beluga

The different sounds of Orca whales

Great Books About Whales

Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales
Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales

Scientist and author meditates in 20 linked essays on the resident and visiting cetaceans-including whales, dolphins and orcas-of the Gulf of California. To convey what's known and suspected about the underwater mammalian lifestyle, Kelsey interviews dozens of contemporary ocean scientists-Exequiel Ezcurra, Bruce Mate, Fred Sharpe, husband-and-wife team Hal Whitehead and Linda Weilgart-and places their research in context alongside data on African elephant herds, antelope and wildebeest feeding strategies, the behaviors of predators and (especially) the dynamics of her own family (mom to two young daughters, Kelsey's first chapter is titled "Extreme Motherhood"). Focusing on social relationships and culture, Kelsey finds research (including submarine observations of sea-floor whale carcasses) that reveals some critical and previously unsuspected roles. Brilliant at pursuing seemingly unrelated trails back down the blowhole, Kelsey illuminates the "humanity" of whales, and the human threat to them; for instance, she explains why canned tuna is never really "dolphin safe" (motorized boats used to herd dolphins away from tuna cause sonic chaos, separating mothers from pups with often fatal results). Kelsey's cogent, compassionate work makes clear the sophistication and importance of whale communities, and how current efforts to save them may not be enough. 30 color illus.

 
Among Giants: A Life with Whales
Among Giants: A Life with Whales

Among Giants tells the story of Nicklin's life and career on the high seas, from his first ill-equipped shoots in the mid-1970s through his long association with the National Geographic Society to the present, when he is one of the founders of Whale Trust, a nonprofit conservation and research group. Nicklin is equal parts photographer, adventurer, self-trained scientist, and raconteur, and Among Giants reflects all those sides, matching breathtaking images to firsthand accounts of their making, and highlighting throughout the importance of conservation and new advances in our understanding of whale behavior. With Nicklin as our guide, we see not just whales but also our slowly growing understanding of their hidden lives, as well as the evolution of underwater photography-and the stunning clarity and drama that can be captured when a determined, daring diver is behind the lens.

 
Whales and Dolphins (Collins Wild Guide)
Whales and Dolphins (Collins Wild Guide)

The perfect introductory guide to 96 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise that you are likely to spot on your whale-watching trip. More than 4.3 million people went on whale-watching excursions in 1998, and the number has been rising steadily since, signifying a growing global appreciation of these magnificent mammals and their environments. This pocket-sized guide is the ideal companion for whale-watching trips throughout the world, helping you to identify each species and discover more about them. It includes a detailed description and the ID Fact File provides at-a-glance information for each entry. Each species is illustrated with a stunning photograph, depicted as encountered on observation trips. It includes information on size, geographical distribution and diet. It also contains information on whether the species is under threat and protection.

 

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children

The Words Above Were Said Over 150 Years Ago (read on)

They are as true today as they were then

THE GREAT leader of the Native American Suquamish Tribe, Chief Seattle (after whom the city is named) was a scholar with great love for his land and people. He said to his white conquerors:

"Teach your children what we have taught ours, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."

Mother Earth is in our hands!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks.

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      jessicahoward 6 years ago

      wonderful lens ....nice collection...Thank you for sharning

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      beautiful pics, lovely vids and great info on these huge whales. well presented lens. ~blessed~

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      BlueDunDan 6 years ago

      @ClinicallySigni: ClinicallySignificantProductions, thank you very much. speaking of hard work, I have seen some of your work!

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      ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      Holy smokes this is a nice lens. I can tell you've spent a lot of time on it. Kudos for the hard work!

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      BlueDunDan 6 years ago

      @Nancy Hardin: the pleasure was all mine nancycarol, i enjoyed creating it. and now that I know someone enjoyed it, it makes it feel that much better. thank you for your kind words and your thumbs up!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wonderful lens about whales. We should be protecting all species instead of hunting them. I especially love your quote from Chief Seattle. The native Americans were much wiser than the white people in their reverence for mother earth and its inhabitants. I had fun taking the quizzes, and really enjoyed this lens. Thanks for sharing.