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
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 875)

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.

Keywords

Right whale Eubalaena australis Noise Vocal modification 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan E. Parks
    • 1
  • Karina Groch
    • 2
  • Paulo Flores
    • 3
  • Renata Sousa-Lima
    • 4
    • 5
  • Ildar R. Urazghildiiev
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of BiologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Instituto Australis, Projeto Baleia FrancaImbitubaBrazil
  3. 3.Centro Mamíferos Aquáticos (CMA), Centro Nacional de Pesquisa e Conservação de Mamíferos Aquáticos, ICMBio, MMA-CMA SCFlorianópolisBrazil
  4. 4.LaB, Laboratório de Bioacústica, Departamento de Fisiologia Centro de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do NorteNatalBrazil
  5. 5.Bioacoustics Research ProgramCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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