Humpback whale singer encounters are rather eerie interactions that are equally intriguing and unique in nature, as the singing whale assumes a vertical position in the water and remains almost completely motionless in what appears to be a zen-like state.
Humpbacks do not have vocal chords but male whales are able produce complex “songs” by somehow circulating air through the various tubes and chambers of their respiratory system.
The singing is believed to play a part in the breeding cycle and singing males position themselves vertically in the water with their fluke’s up and head’s down when performing.
Often this is quite close to the surface and as they remain static in this position it is possible to duck-dive down to get a closer look without impacting the whale or its zen-like state.
The “song” produced by the singing humpback typically last between 10 to 30 minutes and scientific analysis of the sounds produced show that they are complex in nature and range from high frequency squeals to deep, low frequency rumbles.
Somewhat amazingly all whales in the Tongan Tribe sing exactly the same song, but the song itself changes from year to year. How that happens is not known but heard underwater the sound waves produced by the singers make your whole body vibrate and getting close to a performing male is an intense and somewhat intimidating experience.
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