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Boings, first 3 on FLIP vertical array hydrophones, 1979 off San Diego, last on SWAPS cruise sonobuoy near Hawaii in 1997, most common biological sound in winter in the tropical Pacific, now known to be the song of minke whales (spectrogram in corner).


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Thump trains near Martinique, West Indies, January 2000.  These sounds have been attributed to minke whales, though there is some uncertainty. Minke whales appear to have distinctly different songs in each geographic region. The songs are produced only in winter, which is thought to be the breeding season. Minke whales also produce non-song sounds.

Spectrogram of a minke whale boing sound from Ladd Seamount in April 2007

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