Blue Whales "Moaning" And "Purring" Off Coast Of Big Apple

Blue whales are moaning and purring off the New York coast.

The endangered mammals have been positively identified for the first time in New York coastal waters by acoustics experts at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bioacoustics Research Program.

Christopher Clark, director of the program, said blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on Earth and their voices can travel across an ocean. One was recorded about 70 miles offshore from Long Island and New York City in January and a second one was recorded farther in the distance.

When speeded up 10 to 20 times, recordings of the whales' vocalizations sound like low moans and purrs. At normal speed, they're too low for humans to hear.

The research will help guide whale protection efforts.

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  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    Yeah,happy day. Life as we knew it in the south os changing and not for the good. If yo ugoin gto move here Yanks, do me a favor and atleast leave your gangs behind. Check the trunk and make sure you don"t have guests. I remember when I never heard of a gang anywhere in NC but especially around greenville and now with our new immigrants domestic and foreign thats all you hear about now, gangs and drive bys. I feel like everyday I live in New york or california. Welcome to NC but leave the thug life behind.
  • by voter Location: nc on May 30, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    HOWEVER; as luck would have it, the huddled masses of new york are moving south....OH HAPPY DAY.
  • by voter Location: nc on May 30, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    on those rare occasions i was in long island and nyc,,,,i did some moaning myself. i empathize with the poor, wayward creatures.

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