Tuesday 8 December 2015

Belugas blow bubbles based on mood

Date: December 7, 2015
Source:Canisius College

A newly-released study by Canisius College Professor of Animal Behavior Michael Noonan, PhD, is providing insight as to why Beluga whales blow bubbles underwater and how their different shaped bubbles may be indicative of a Beluga's mood. The eight-year study, conducted at Marineland of Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario, examined more than 11,000 bubbling events recorded over nearly 5,000 minutes of observation.

"Underwater bubbling is a fairly common behavior in Beluga whales," explains Noonan, chair of the college's animal behavior, ecology and conservation program (ABEC). "It's an enigmatic and delightful behavior but also a very complex behavior."

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