Humpback whales utilize sound in order to communicate, find mates, find food, and navigate through the ocean. Commercial ships emit low frequency tones which disrupts whale communication. New research suggests that humpback whales stop or shorten their songs when ships are approached as well as when ships were leaving an area. It was found that whales swimming beneath ships had no changes in their singing. More research is needed because this study was only conducted on singing males, not females and whale calves.
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