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Mating calls

Duration: 01:54

After a year long pregnancy, female humpback whales come to the reef to give birth and suckle their newly born young. Males are also at the reefs, but they are here to find a mate, and are singing to advertise their seniority. The louder and longer the song, the bigger and stronger the male that is singing... and the more mating opportunities that he will get.

Available since: Thu 27 Jan 2011


David Attenborough

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The Blue Planet Coral Seas

6/8 This programme focuses on the amazingly fragile ecosystems of the world's coral reefs.

First broadcast: 17 Oct 2001

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