Beluga Whale — a Marine Warbler

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: researcher at the laboratory of marine mammals
Affiliation: Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS
Vyazemsky Karadag Scientific Station — Nature Reserve of the RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow, Crimea
Journal namePriroda
EditionIssue №10

A brief review of scientific ideas about the acoustic communication of beluga whales is presented. The original studies of vocal behavior of these cetaceans in the natural environment and in captivity are described. The richness and diversity of the communicative signals of the beluga, which constitute its acoustic repertoire, are demonstrated. Modern data on contact recognition calls of belugas are provided. Pronounced ability of these cetaceans to vocal imitation was noted. The question of the existence of vocal dialects among belugas is discussed.

Keywordsbeluga whale, contact calls, acoustic communication, vocal behavior, vocal repertoire, signature whistles, reproductive gatherings, vocal dialects
Publication date18.10.2018
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