Seeing with Songs


Discover how singing humpback whales use their impressive songs to see each other from many miles away using faint echoes.

Project description

The mysterious songs of humpback whales have long been thought to be a kind of acoustic peacock tail that male whales use to attract females. Recent findings suggest that instead whales use songs for extremely long range sonar so that they can "see" whales and other large objects from many miles away. The aim of this project is to better understand how they are able to do this.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Variable
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Variable
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Project mentor

Eduardo Mercado



350 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0231


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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.