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Wailing Whales

November 14, 2012

By Mic Smith

I’d never heard anything like it. Monolithic sounds blasted and bubbled between silent spaces. Slow rhythms and themes, notes like obsidian ocean swells and the heart swallowing troughs between.

The minute-long song moved me. It started with gum-leaf squeaks followed by whale oinks that sounded like the “tut tut” of a boarding house master. Then it finished with firework-like vocalisations – the notes accelerating brilliantly through the heavy blue deeps.

A very beautiful whale song.

One of the songs that is being covered by new artists every day during this year’s humpback whale migration. Read more or to see a tale of how the Australian humpbacks were wiped out in the 50s read:

The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century BY CHARLES HOMANS • November 12, 2013

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