Blue whales ‘switch on’ Antarctic song

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A blue whale in Southern Ocean is spotted by a team of Australian and New Zealand scientists tracking scores of blue whales off Antarctica, listening in as the world's largest animals suddenly began their rumbling song (AFP Photo/Pablo Escobar-Flores) A blue whale in Southern Ocean is spotted by a team of Australian and New Zealand scientists tracking scores of blue whales off Antarctica, listening in as the world’s largest animals suddenly began their rumbling song (AFP Photo/Pablo Escobar-Flores)

March 11th, 2015 (AFP). Sydney – A team of Australian and New Zealand researchers has tracked scores of blue whales off Antarctica, eavesdropping as the world’s largest animals began their rumbling song, which can be detected 750 kilometres (465 miles) away.

During the six-week Australia-New Zealand Antarctic Ecosystem Voyage to the Southern Ocean, which returned Wednesday, the Antarctic marine scientists listened for the low moans of the endangered whales, and then tracked them to their feeding grounds.

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