Scientists Find Experimental Support For Killer Whales’ Ability To Learn New Dialects

Killer whales have vocal repertoires that scientists call ‘dialects’ because they’re composed of calls unique to particular social groups. Discovering how whales develop these dialects hasn’t been possible in the wild because of the inherent challenges in tracking an individual whale’s vocalizations and behavior regularly and for extended periods of time. The HSWRI study took advantage of the unique habitat at SeaWorld that was outfitted with multichannel video and eight hydrophones. This environment allowed the researchers to record and analyze the calls made by individual whales over a five-year period. Learning whether social association affects the calls of killer whales sheds important light on how wild populations of whales interact.
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“Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs” are New This Weekend!

by Staff Catch new episodes of Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs this weekend! On Sea Rescue an orphaned killer whale calf turns up in the busy waters off Seattle and she’s in grave danger of being hit by a boat. Rescuers are there to help, and so begins an extraordinary and historic international effort to reunite the killer whale, Springer, with her family. On The Wildlife Docs experience the fascinating world of the anteater. Adelhi, a giant anteater, receives her first checkup since she gave birth.
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“Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs” are New This Weekend!

Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs air nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during “Litton’s Weekend Adventure” and are among the most popular Saturday morning shows. They are part of the #1 rated block on Saturday mornings and are consistently rated #1 in the top ten U.S. markets including the four largest: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Currently in its third season, Sea Rescue has been seen by more than 120 million viewers.
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