Humans, fish, and whales: How right whales modify calling behavior in response to shifting background noise conditions

Susan E Parks, Karina Groch, Paulo Flores, Renata Sousa-Lima, Ildar R. Urazghildiiev

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Abstract

This study investigates the role of behavioral plasticity in the variation of sound production of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in response to changes in the ambient background noise conditions. Data were collected from southern right whales in Brazilian waters in October and November 2011. The goal of this study was to quantify differences in right whale vocalizations recorded in low background noise as a control, fish chorus noise, and vessel noise. Variation in call parameters were detected among the three background noise conditions and have implications for future studies of noise effects on whale sound production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages809-813
Number of pages5
Volume875
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Volume875
ISSN (Print)00652598
ISSN (Electronic)22148019

Keywords

  • Eubalaena australis
  • Noise
  • Right whale
  • Vocal modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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    Parks, S. E., Groch, K., Flores, P., Sousa-Lima, R., & Urazghildiiev, I. R. (2016). Humans, fish, and whales: How right whales modify calling behavior in response to shifting background noise conditions. In Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (Vol. 875, pp. 809-813). (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; Vol. 875). Springer New York LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_99