Scientists Find Experimental Support for Killer Whales’ Ability to Learn New Dialects by Staff Comments A team of scientists from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) and SeaWorld San Diego has provided the strongest evidence yet that killer whale dialects are learned. The study found that juvenile male killer whales are capable of learning new call types when they undergo a change in social association. Killer whales have vocal repertoires that scientists call ‘dialects’ because they’re composed of calls unique to particular social groups. Discovering how whales develop these dialects hasn’t been possible in the wild because of the inherent challenges in tracking an individual whale’s vocalizations and behavior regularly and for extended periods of time.
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“Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs” are New This Weekend! by Staff Catch new episodes of Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs this weekend! On Sea Rescue an orphaned killer whale calf turns up in the busy waters off Seattle and she’s in grave danger of being hit by a boat. Rescuers are there to help, and so begins an extraordinary and historic international effort to reunite the killer whale, Springer, with her family.
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Then, the vets head to Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain for a house call on a gazelle. Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs air nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during “Litton’s Weekend Adventure” and are among the most popular Saturday morning shows. They are part of the #1 rated block on Saturday mornings and are consistently rated #1 in the top ten U.S. markets including the four largest: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.
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