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

The study found that juvenile male killer whales are capable of learning new call types when they undergo a change in social association. 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!

But with round-the-clock care from the SeaWorld team, Turner the dolphin ends up fulfilling a vital role in the U.S Navy. On The Wildlife Docs the Busch Gardens animal team closely monitors Harry, a two-toed sloth, to determine whether he is healthy enough to continue his work on the park’s Animal Ambassador Team. Then, the vets head to Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain for a house call on a gazelle. 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.
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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 when a rarely seen pygmy sperm whale washes up in bad shape on the New Jersey coast, rescuers are shocked to discover how much ocean trash this unfortunate animal has swallowed. Then, a monsoon blows a flock of pelicans off course, causing them to land in the scorching Arizona desert and even a crowded public swimming pool. On The Wildlife Docs when a baby kangaroo’s mother is no longer able to care for him, Busch Gardens’ dedicated animal care team steps in to raise him by hand. Then, see what happens a little over a year after Rukyah, the youngest of three Malayan tigers, is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.
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