A recent discovery has revealed how some of the largest whales in the oceans produce their complex and intriguing underwater songs. Experts have identified that humpback whales and other species have developed a unique vocal structure, allowing them to sing their songs in the ocean depths.

A diver descends among three young humpback whales, each the size of a bus.

Published in the journal Nature, the study not only uncovered this aspect of communication among these marine giants but also provided insights into why noises emitted by ships can be so disturbing to them.

Whale songs are produced at a specific frequency, which, interestingly, can surpass the noise from vessels. According to Professor Coen Elemans from the University of Southern Denmark, the leader of the research, this sound plays a crucial role in the survival of these animals, especially regarding mating.

Elemans describes whales as some of the most enigmatic creatures on the planet, highlighting their intelligence and sociability. These mammals, belonging to the group of baleen whales, use special structures instead of teeth to filter small marine organisms from their food.

Until now, the exact process of how these animals produced their complex sounds remained shrouded in mystery. The discovery of the mechanism behind these songs was described by Professor Elemans as an exciting scientific revelation.

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