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Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean


April 23, 2014

a tagged minke whale Scientists have conclusive evidence that the source of a unique rhythmic sound, recorded for decades in the Southern Ocean and called the "bio-duck," is the Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis). First described and named by submarine personnel in the 1960s who thought it sounded like a duck, the bio-duck sound has been recorded at various locations in the Southern Ocean, but its source has remained a mystery, until now. Full Story

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NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

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