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Animal Culture: Insights from Whales

Posted April 28, 2013 3:24 PM

From Scientific American:

This article is the second part of a two-part series on animal culture. The first part discusses some new findings of adopting local food preferences in vervet monkeys. In a double-whammy of animal culture in the most recent issue of Science, Jenny Allen, Mason Weinrich, Will Hoppitt & Luke Rendell report a study based on twenty-seven years worth of data showing that humpback whales culturally transmit a particular way of catching fish. In 1980 a single whale was first seen engaging in a novel feeding behaviour called 'lobtail feeding'. This was a new twist on a more common way of feeding that had been seen previously, so-called 'bubble feeding'. In bubble feeding, the whale dives down below a shoal of fish, blows bubbles up at them, creating a net around its prey, and then lunges up through the discombobulated group of fish with its mouth open. What this whale was doing hadn't been seen before: it lobbed its tail down, hard on the water surface before blowing bubbles.

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04/29/2013 12:49 AM

Wow, I'd hate to be the leader in front of that crowd!

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04/29/2013 11:38 AM

Gives new meaning to; Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way !!

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