How Baleen Whales Hear Super Low Frequencies Through Their Bones

January 30, 2015 12:41 PM

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Understanding how baleen whales hear has often puzzled marine mammal researchers. These massive animals sing complicated songs to one another that obviously can be heard; however, scientists have been unable to explain how whales capture the energy of low frequencies and direct it to their ear bones. Now, they may have an answer.

Baleen whales are also known as mysticetes, and are among the largest animals on Earth. This group of whales includes blue whales, minke whales, right whales, grey whales and fine whales. These whales have the ability to vocalize at extremely low frequencies that can travel extraordinary distances u...

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