Thursday, January 31, 2013

Awe-Inspiring Humpbacks

Established in 1988, The Oceania Project is an independent, non-profit research organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and the oceans. The first phase of a long-term study of the East Australian Humpback Whales has been the major work of The Oceania Project.  They produced the video above.

As I look for beauty in the world one place I find it regularly is in nature.  

The magnificent creature in the videos and pictures in this post is a male humpback whale. Both male and female humpback whales vocalize but it's the  males that produce the beautiful, long songs that are among the most awe-inspiring sounds on earth.  Males can sing continuously for up to 24 hours. They don't have vocal cords, but rather force air through their nasal cavities to produce their songs.

Scientists hypothesize that they may sing to attract females or challenge other males.  They sing a different song during feeding season - one that lures fish into their bubble nets.  

Humpbacks are wondrous creatures.  They move with grace and have an almost human look in their eyes.  They seem to have personalities and behave in a manner that exhibits teaching, learning, cooperating, scheming, and grieving. Not to mention their songs that go straight to my heart.  

Here's one more video for your enjoyment. It demonstrates their beauty, intelligence and ability to cooperate.  So fascinating.

If you would like to view more videos of whales The Oceania Project has a YouTube channel with a very nice selection. You can get there by clicking here.

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