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2011-04-14 14:50:00

According to an Australian study, every year a new song spreads among the male humpback whales. The research published on Thursday in Current Biology said the males are the only humpbacks who sing, mostly likely in hopes of finding a mate. Researchers said that the song of the season has originated off the coast of eastern Australia for the past decade. "Our findings reveal cultural change on a vast scale," Ellen Garland, a graduate student at The University of Queensland, said in a press...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'