Discovering how whales develop these dialects hasn’t been possible in the wild because of the inherent challenges in tracking an individual whale’s vocalizations and behavior regularly and for extended periods of time. The HSWRI study took advantage of the unique habitat at SeaWorld that was outfitted with multichannel video and eight hydrophones. This environment allowed the researchers to record and analyze the calls made by individual whales over a five-year period. Learning whether social association affects the calls of killer whales sheds important light on how wild populations of whales interact. Scientists still don’t know if and how populations of killer whales can merge.
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This Weekend: New Episodes of “Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs”

On Sea Rescue, two harbor seals come into SeaWorld San Diego with terrible injuries and the team must work hard to nurse Sharky and Roxy back to health. Then, a little known phenomenon called natural seepage affects hundreds of seabirds and other marine life but fortunately, help is at hand. On The Wildlife Docs, Samantha, an older female chimp at Busch Gardens Tampa, must undergo medical treatment before she can celebrate her birthday. Then, the park’s animal experts are called to help with a mother bear and her two cubs. See how the team helps the bears and gives them a new start in life.
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Scientists Find Experimental Support for Killer Whales’ Ability to Learn New Dialects

On The Wildlife Docs when a baby kangaroo’s mother is no longer able to care for him, Busch Gardens’ dedicated animal care team steps in to raise him by hand. Then, see what happens a little over a year after Rukyah, the youngest of three Malayan tigers, is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. It’s nothing short of a miracle. Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs air nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during “Litton’s Weekend Adventure” and are among the most popular Saturday morning shows. They are part of the #1 rated block on Saturday mornings and are consistently rated #1 in the top ten U.S. markets including the four largest: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.
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