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Classical Notes: August 5, 2010 Archive

Perfect pitch

Posted at 10:23 AM on August 5, 2010 by Alison Young
Filed under: Fun finds, In the media

What do you call a 150-ton diva who lives underwater and never sings off-key?

A Northern Blue Whale.

Science News reports that whales found off the coast of California hit the pitches of their mournful songs with better accuracy and more consistency than opera singers.

The results published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America conclude "blue whales are capable of very fine control over the pitch of their call -- both in reproducing their call at the same pitch every time and in synchronizing their pitch with others."