Low-frequency vocalizations of sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) in the Southern Ocean

TitleLow-frequency vocalizations of sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) in the Southern Ocean
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCalderan, Susannah, Miller Brian, Collins Kym, Ensor Paul, Double Michael, Leaper Russell, and Barlow Jay
JournalThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
EndNote Rec Number10703

Simultaneous sightings and acoustic detections of sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) are scarce, and there are few published data describing their vocalizations. Analysis of recordings from directional frequency analysis and recording sonobuoys in the presence of sei whales in the Southern Ocean in March 2013 identified both downsweep and upsweep calls. Sound frequencies within all calls were between 34 and 87 Hz with an average call duration of 1.1 s. These very low-frequency sounds share characteristics with sei whale calls recorded near the Hawaiian Islands and off Cape Cod in winter and summer, respectively, but are the first documented sei whale calls in the Southern Ocean that are clearly less than 100 Hz.