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Humans, fish, and whales: how right whales modify calling behavior in response to shifting background noise conditions
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: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 809-813. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_99
In: Popper, A.N.; Hawkins, A. (Ed.) (2016). The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc: New York. ISBN 978-1-4939-2980-1. xxx, 1292 pp., more
In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0065-2598, more
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Keywords
    Noise; Eubalaena australis (Desmoulins, 1822) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Right whale; Vocal modification

Authors  Top 
  • Parks, S.E.
  • Groch, K.
  • Flores, P.
  • Sousa-Lima, R.
  • Urazghildiiev, I.R.

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.

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