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Hump Back Whale Music

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It was in the 1950s during the height of the Cold War when the military built a network of underwater microphones to track the secret rumblings of Soviet submarines and sonar codes. But what sonar operators began to hear amid the man-made explosions were the songs of the whales, which can sometimes last for up to 23 hours. In 1968 one of those operators was authorized to turn his body of recordings over to budding whale scientist Roger Payne, assisted by researcher Scott McVay.

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