Baby whales learn vital traditions from mothers

Cultural traditions among Southern right whale populations are shaping their genetic patterns, according to a study led by the University of St Andrews. The research, published today (Monday 9 November) in Scientific Reports, reveals that migratory behavior, learned from a whale's mother in its first year of life, is an important factor in shaping the genetic structure and recovery of the endangered whale.

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Last updated on 10 November 2015