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Carl Sagan sings like a whaleCarl Sagan sings like a whale

(1:39) The great science communicator Carl Sagan attempts to sing some whalesong. From Cosmos episode 11 - The Persistence of Memory. Full episode on YouTube

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cengland0 cengland0 (592 days ago)
I wonder if the "whale month" is in any correlated to our months. For example, do they have the extra sound exactly on February 1st? If not, I wonder if anyone has a chart that describes when each month starts and ends. Could it be a lunar month?
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I wonder if the "whale month" is in any correlated to our months. For example, do they have the extra sound exactly on February 1st? If not, I wonder if anyone has a chart that describes when each month starts and ends. Could it be a lunar month?
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WalterEgo WalterEgo (592 days ago)
I like it when you think out loud and forget that you are actually typing. Whales try to to add the extra sound during the first hour of February 1 every year. But they don't understand leap years, so they are always a bit out. Amazingly they are so consistent that we can even predict this year (2013) they will honk 8 hours early.
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I like it when you think out loud and forget that you are actually typing. Whales try to to add the extra sound during the first hour of February 1 every year. But they don't understand leap years, so they are always a bit out. Amazingly they are so consistent that we can even predict this year (2013) they will honk 8 hours early.
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cengland0 cengland0 (592 days ago)
WalterEgo, that was very funny. I was actually serious about this. I know the coral reef spawns at the same time each year and it's during a full moon so I wonder if the wales use a similar method to know what time of year it is. I tried to look it up but didn't find the answers. I wasn't "thinking out loud" as much as I was asking the community for their opinion since the information was difficult to find. Thought someone out there might know the real answer.
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WalterEgo, that was very funny. I was actually serious about this. I know the coral reef spawns at the same time each year and it's during a full moon so I wonder if the wales use a similar method to know what time of year it is. I tried to look it up but didn't find the answers. I wasn't "thinking out loud" as much as I was asking the community for their opinion since the information was difficult to find. Thought someone out there might know the real answer.
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WalterEgo WalterEgo (592 days ago)
Actually it's more like a chain. Whales get their timing by watching the coral reefs, that in turn are watching the moon. When the first reef spawns, the whale that spots it sends a message in the form of the extra honk. Scientists believe this message is actually a confirmation of the event, rather than the initial alert, because whales thousands of miles away respond BEFORE there has been enough time for sound travelling underwater to reach them. It's possible they use a quantum phenomenon we don't yet properly understand that involves particles taking a shortcut through the core of the planet rather than the longer route over the surface. Coral reefs also watch whales. For reefs on the side of the planet that is masked from the moon, when a whale adds that extra honk, that is the signal that the moon is full and February begins. Nature is amazing, everything is connected.
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Actually it's more like a chain. Whales get their timing by watching the coral reefs, that in turn are watching the moon. When the first reef spawns, the whale that spots it sends a message in the form of the extra honk. Scientists believe this message is actually a confirmation of the event, rather than the initial alert, because whales thousands of miles away respond BEFORE there has been enough time for sound travelling underwater to reach them. It's possible they use a quantum phenomenon we don't yet properly understand that involves particles taking a shortcut through the core of the planet rather than the longer route over the surface. Coral reefs also watch whales. For reefs on the side of the planet that is masked from the moon, when a whale adds that extra honk, that is the signal that the moon is full and February begins. Nature is amazing, everything is connected.
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Guest: Lorca_the_killer_whale (592 days ago)
I wonder if cengland0 has a job or a life. Is this a real profile photo or is it taken from an ad for Grecian 2000? I wonder how often s/he goes out. Like we care.
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I wonder if cengland0 has a job or a life. Is this a real profile photo or is it taken from an ad for Grecian 2000? I wonder how often s/he goes out. Like we care.
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cengland0 cengland0 (592 days ago)
I have a job but no life worth mentioning. I work very hard. I work for a bank 11 hours a day, 5 days a week, and then own two businesses that I manage on the side. This is a real photo but admittedly it was taken about 10 years ago when I wore a suit to work. I do not go out very often, except for the gym, unless it's absolutely necessary. Any other questions I can answer for you?
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I have a job but no life worth mentioning. I work very hard. I work for a bank 11 hours a day, 5 days a week, and then own two businesses that I manage on the side. This is a real photo but admittedly it was taken about 10 years ago when I wore a suit to work. I do not go out very often, except for the gym, unless it's absolutely necessary. Any other questions I can answer for you?
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Do you prefer hard or soft boiled eggs?
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Do you prefer hard or soft boiled eggs?
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cengland0 cengland0 (591 days ago)
Latest comment: Usually, I do not eat eggs alone. I'll eat them when they are mixed in another product like cookies. The eggs must have their chalaza removed first because those are gross. I do not eat store bought cookies -- only those that are cooked at home.
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Latest comment: Usually, I do not eat eggs alone. I'll eat them when they are mixed in another product like cookies. The eggs must have their chalaza removed first because those are gross. I do not eat store bought cookies -- only those that are cooked at home.
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