Killer whales (Orcinus orca) produce ultrasonic whistles

Samarra, Filipa I.P., Deecke, Volker B. ORCID logo ORCID: , Vinding, Katja, Rasmussen, Marianne H., Swift, Rene and Miller, Patrick J.O. (2010) Killer whales (Orcinus orca) produce ultrasonic whistles. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128 (5). EL205-EL210.

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This study reports that killer whales, the largest dolphin, produce whistles with the highest fundamental frequencies ever reported in a delphinid. Using wide-band acoustic sampling from both animal-attached (Dtag) and remotely deployed hydrophone arrays, ultrasonic whistles were detected in three Northeast Atlantic populations but not in two Northeast Pacific populations. These results are inconsistent with analyses suggesting a correlation of maximum frequency of whistles with body size in delphinids, indicate substantial intraspecific variation in whistle production in killer whales, and highlight the importance of appropriate acoustic sampling techniques when conducting comparative analyses of sound repertoires.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
ISSN: 1520-8524
Departments: Research Centres > Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 15:36
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 09:45


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