Vocalizations of eastern Australian Risso's dolphins, Grampus griseus

Corkeron, Peter J., and van Parijs, Sofie M. (2001) Vocalizations of eastern Australian Risso's dolphins, Grampus griseus. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 79 (1). pp. 160-164.

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Abstract

Recordings were made from a group of Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus) off the coast of Newcastle, Australia, between 30 Hz and 22 kHz. Risso's dolphins exhibited seven separate vocalisation types: broadband clicks, barks, buzzes, grunts, chirps, whistles, and simultaneous whistle + burst-pulse sounds. Broadband clicks were highly variable in duration, with a frequency range of 6 to >22 kHz. Bark vocalisations consisted of highly variable burst pulses, with durations ranging from 0.2 to 7.4 s and a frequency range of 2-20 kHz. Buzz vocalisations were clearly stereotyped, consisting of a short burst pulse of around 2 s and a frequency range of 2.1 to >22 kHz. Low frequency narrowband grunt vocalisations (0.4–0.8 kHz) were short in duration. Chirp vocalisations were slightly higher in frequency than the grunt vocalisations, ranging in frequency from 2 to 4 kHz. There were at least five different whistle types, ranging in frequency from 4 to 22 kHz. We recorded a combined tonal and burst-pulse vocalisation. The rising whistles ranged from 6 to 18 kHz, while the burst-pulse sounds ranged between 3 and 21 kHz. This combined whistle + burst pulse sound appears to be unique to Risso's dolphins.

Item ID: 13143
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: acoustics; Grampus griseus; marine mammals
ISSN: 1480-3283
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2010 23:29
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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