Rare Right Whale Has Been Recorded Singing for the Very First Time

A North Eastern Pacific right whale has been recorded singing in the Bering sea near Alaska.
Irmak Bayrakdar

Whales are known to sing, and it is usually for communicating and mating purposes. Southern and Northern Atlantic whales even make gunshot calls, moans, screams, and warbles.

However, the endangered species of North Eastern Pacific right whale has been known to only use its voice signals to communicate on a limited basis but never to create a rhythmic series of sounds to ‘’sing’.'

Marine biologists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) however, caught a distinct singing sound from the ocean around Alaska and later found to be of a North Pacific right whale. 


The team first came across the sound around 2010, though they got the sound they weren’t exactly sure it was the right whale. When they surveyed around the Bering sea they kept hearing the same songs over and over again and finally made sure. Marine biologist Jessica Crance has stated that the song is caught up by a series of gunshot calls which has been repeating over an 8 year period.

The name of the whale is given by the hunters at the beginning of the 20th century, as it is the ‘’right’’ whale to hunt as a result of their slow-paced swimming and lying on the ocean surface once they are dead.


The species that are very rare to come across are endangered, in fact, there are only 30 right whales left in the oceans. They are nearly extinct, and as a result of their slow nature, they have shown no attempt to reproduce.

Why the whale could be singing is not clear as there are only three dozens of them and none are near to hear him. Could this particular singing right whale be calling out for a mate?

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