Watch: The intriguing sound of marine mammals (18 Mins).

Ted Talk - Peter Tyack

The intriguing sound of marine mammals

TED Talk

Speaker: Peter Tyack

Synopsis: Peter Tyack, a behavioural ecologist from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, describes the sounds created by marine mammals, and how these songs travel underwater. He explains the incredible ways whales communicate across hundreds of miles of ocean. Peter Tyack studies the social behaviour and acoustic communication in whales and dolphins, to learn how these animals use sound to perform critical activities, such as for courting and for locating food.

Focus: Whale song

Tags: Echolocation, acoustics, communication, intelligence, whale song

Duration: 18 minutes

Suitability: All ages

Recorded: April 2010, Mission Blue, Long Beach, California, USA

About Ted Talks

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design: TED Talks cover these topics as well as science, business, development, the arts, global issues and more – in over 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED’s agenda is to make great ideas accessible and to spark conversation. There are over 50 TED talks devoted to marine conservation which have been included in the Sea Fans Directory.

Headquarters: TED Conferences, LLC, 330 Hudson St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013


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