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What reaction does an earthquake incur in a whale?
18 May 2012
Taylor & Francis
Whales living within seismically active regions are subject to intense disturbances from strong sounds produced by earthquakes that can kill or injure individuals. Of particular fascination was the response of a fin whale to a 5.5 Richter scale earthquake that took place on 22nd February 2005 in the Gulf of California.
The article The Reaction of Fin Whales Balaenoptera physalus to an Earthquake is published in Volume 20, Issue 3 of Bioacoustics - the International Journal of Animal Sounds and its Recording - a title now published by Taylor & Francis. Read the full article at www.tandfonline.com/tbio.
Bioacoustics is devoted to the study and recording of animal sounds and animal sound communication. It publishes reports of original research and review articles, commentaries from major figures in the field, profiles of research groups, relevant conference announcements and abstracts, reviews of equipment, books and recordings, information on wildlife sound archives and lists of recent publications in the field of bioacoustics.
The journal has an Open Select option where articles are available free to read without any subscription paywall. Recent published papers include: Song characterization in the spectacled warbler; Hierarchical and rhythmic organisation in the songs of the humpback whale; Swimbladder sound production: the forced response versus the resonant bubble. You can listen to the supplementary sound files online with this truly interactive journal.