Press Release: SCIENTISTS FIND EXPERIMENTAL SUPPORT FOR KILLER WHALES’ ABILITY TO LEARN NEW DIALECTS
April 17, 2014: Press Release: SCIENTISTS FIND EXPERIMENTAL SUPPORT FOR KILLER WHALES’ ABILITY TO LEARN NEW DIALECTS
Published this week in The Journal of Experimental Biology, a team of scientists from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and SeaWorld San Diego has provided the strongest evidence yet that killer whale dialects are learned. The study found that juvenile male killer whales are capable of learning new call types when they undergo a change in social association. There are deeper implications of the study in that learning whether social association affects the calls of killer whales sheds important light on how wild populations of whales interact. Visit our Bioacoustics page to read the press release and link to the abstract on The Journal of Experimental Biology’s website.