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On The Fourth Dive of Christmas, My Buddy Gave to Me...

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Whales are among the most intelligent animals that exist on our planet today, along with their close relatives, dolphins. Mammalian (like us), sentient (like us) and exceptionally clever (unlike us), some species of whales are social creatures and many form close-knit family bonds.

Their ability to communicate over long distances is well known, humpback whales, for example, can hear each other over a distance of up to 10,000 miles, depending on their depth in the ocean. Just for comparison, that's further than the width of the Pacific Ocean at its widest point.

Researchers in the Caribbean, however, found that whales also appear to have regional accents in that they are able to differentiate between members of the same species depending on where they originate from, in pretty much the same way that humans can tell which part of the country another person is from, by the sound of their voice.

Humpback whales, on the other hand, are often seen as loners, but for some reason, every now and then, they get together in large numbers and have a party. Nobody knows why...

The regional accents article was originally published in our sister magazine, Geographical, with thanks. 

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