PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons/Wanetta Ayers
PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons/Wanetta Ayers

By Kid Reporter MARIAH WILSON, age 13

The southern Indian Ocean is home to different groups of humpback whales and they happen to enjoy singing, just different tunes! A study in the journal Marine Mammal Science suggests that whales in different parts of the ocean have distinct songs that are an important part of their unique cultures. Male whales are usually the singers, serenading females during winter mating season. A humpback’s song may sound just like shrieking to us, but the whales create long melodies using their own rules of grammar and mathematics.