Caribbean Humpback

By Voices of the Earth

Are whales making music?

As with birdsong, it depends what you mean by music.  I've lined up this recording so that the theme in mm 1-11 lines up with its repetition in mm 33-43.  Not only is this laid out in lines of 16 measures (similar to human-created music), but several elements seem to fit within the measure boundaries-- for example, measures 24, 35, 39, 46, 62...

Perhaps it's our human tendency to see patterns where they may not exist, or perhaps this whale's song really has a deliberate  sense of measures and verses.

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