Hi there! Log in Sign up Buy images Sell images. Share Alamy images with your team and customers. Current lightbox. Live chat. In humans, the middle ear works as an impedance equalizer between the outside air's low impedance and the cochlear fluid's high impedance. In whales, and other marine mammals, no great difference exists between the outer and inner environments.
Instead of sound passing through the outer ear to the middle ear, whales receive sound through the throat, from which it passes through a low-impedance, fat-filled cavity to the inner ear.
This melon consists of fat, and the skull of any such creature containing a melon will have a large depression. The melon size varies between species, the bigger it is, the more dependent they are on it.
A beaked whale, for example, has a small bulge sitting on top of its skull, whereas a sperm whale's head is filled mainly with the melon.
Bottlenose dolphins have been found to have signature whistles unique to a specific individual. These whistles are used for dolphins to communicate with one another by identifying an individual. It can be seen as the dolphin equivalent of a name for humans. Signal masking is when other similar sounds conspecific sounds interfere with the original acoustic sound. Dolphins tend to travel in pods, in which the groups of dolphins range from two to Cetaceans are known to communicate and therefore are able to teach, learn, cooperate, scheme, and grieve.
Dolphin spindle neurons are found in areas of the brain homologous to where they are found in humans, suggesting they perform a similar function. Brain size was previously considered a major indicator of the intelligence of an animal. Since most of the brain is used for maintaining bodily functions, greater ratios of brain to body mass may increase the amount of brain mass available for more complex cognitive tasks. Allometric analysis indicates that mammalian brain size scales around the two-thirds or three-quarters exponent of the body mass.
Comparison of a particular animal's brain size with the expected brain size based on such allometric analysis provides an encephalisation quotient that can be used as another indication of animal intelligence. Dolphins are known to engage in complex play behaviour , which includes such things as producing stable underwater toroidal air-core vortex rings or " bubble rings ".
Two main methods of bubble ring production are: rapid puffing of a burst of air into the water and allowing it to rise to the surface, forming a ring, or swimming repeatedly in a circle and then stopping to inject air into the helical vortex currents thus formed.
They also appear to enjoy biting the vortex rings, so that they burst into many separate bubbles and then rise quickly to the surface. Dolphins are known to use this method during hunting. In Shark Bay , a population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins put sponges on their beak to protect them from abrasions and sting ray barbs while foraging in the seafloor. Self-awareness is seen, by some, to be a sign of highly developed, abstract thinking.
Self-awareness, though not well-defined scientifically, is believed to be the precursor to more advanced processes like metacognitive reasoning thinking about thinking that are typical of humans. Research in this field has suggested that cetaceans, among others,  possess self-awareness.
They concluded that their evidence suggested self-awareness rather than social behavior. While this particular study has not been repeated since then, dolphins have since "passed" the mirror test.
Dolphins are capable of making a broad range of sounds using nasal airsacs located just below the blowhole. Roughly three categories of sounds can be identified: frequency modulated whistles, burst-pulsed sounds and clicks. The clicks are directional and are for echolocation, often occurring in a short series called a click train.
Dolphin echolocation clicks are amongst the loudest sounds made by marine animals. Bottlenose dolphins have been found to have signature whistles, a whistle that is unique to a specific individual. These whistles are used in order for dolphins to communicate with one another by identifying an individual.
Dolphins are able to communicate to one another by addressing another dolphin through mimicking their whistle. The signature whistle of a male bottlenose dolphin tends to be similar to that of his mother, while the signature whistle of a female bottlenose dolphin tends to be more identifying. The research on other species done so far has yielded varied outcomes and inconclusive results. Sperm whales can produce three specific vocalisations: creaks, codas, and slow clicks.
A creak is a rapid series of high-frequency clicks that sounds somewhat like a creaky door hinge. It is typically used when homing in on prey. Outside breeding grounds, slow clicks are rarely heard, and usually near the surface.
All whales are carnivorous and predatory. Odontocetes, as a whole, mostly feed on fish and cephalopods , and then followed by crustaceans and bivalves. All species are generalist and opportunistic feeders. Some may forage with other kinds of animals, such as other species of whales or certain species of pinnipeds.
Individual members then take turns plowing through the ball, feeding on the stunned fish. The narwhal, with its blunt snout and reduced dentition, relies on suction feeding. A study suggests that female sperm whales may collaborate when hunting Humboldt squid.
The killer whale is known to prey on numerous other toothed whale species. One example is the false killer whale. Other times, they corral their prey before striking. They are typically hunted by groups of 10 or fewer killer whales, but they are seldom attacked by an individual. Calves are more commonly taken by killer whales, but adults can be targeted, as well. These cetaceans are targeted by terrestrial and pagophilic predators. The polar bear is well-adapted for hunting Arctic whales and calves.
Bears are known to use sit-and-wait tactics, as well as active stalking and pursuit of prey on ice or water. Whales lessen the chance of predation by gathering in groups. This, however, means less room around the breathing hole as the ice slowly closes the gap. When out at sea, whales dive out of the reach of surface-hunting killer whales.
Polar bear attacks on belugas and narwhals are usually successful in winter, but rarely inflict any damage in summer. For most of the smaller species of dolphins, only a few of the larger sharks, such as the bull shark , dusky shark , tiger shark , and great white shark , are a potential risk, especially for calves. The healing process is rapid and even very deep wounds do not cause dolphins to hemorrhage to death. Even gaping wounds restore in such a way that the animal's body shape is restored, and infection of such large wounds are rare.
Toothed whales are fully aquatic creatures, which means their birth and courtship behaviours are very different from terrestrial and semiaquatic creatures. Since they are unable to go onto land to calve, they deliver their young with the fetus positioned for tail-first delivery.
This prevents the calf from drowning either upon or during delivery. To feed the newborn, toothed whales, being aquatic, must squirt the milk into the mouth of the calf. Being mammals, they have mammary glands used for nursing calves; they are weaned around 11 months of age. The tracklisting for South is The band's MySpace page reveals the lineup as Some obscure band from the 70s that Paddy Considine turned Bob on to.
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Refine your search. Sort by. Sort by most relevant Sort by most relevant. Sort by highest price first. Sort by lowest price first. Sort by newest results first. Sort by oldest results first. Blue whale calves nurse for about 7 months.
During this time, they drink about gallons of milk and gain pounds per day. When they are weaned at 7 months, they are about 50 feet long. A blue whale's sound repertoire includes pulses, buzzes, and rasps. Their sounds are likely used for communication and navigation. They have very loud voices - their sounds can be over decibels louder than a jet engine and at Hz, are usually below our hearing range. Like humpback whales , male blue whales sing songs.
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