"Roger Searle Payne" is a biologist and environmentalist famous for the 1967 discovery (with Scott McVay) of whale song among humpback whales. Payne later became an important figure in the worldwide campaign to end whaling/commercial whaling.

Payne studied at Harvard University and Cornell. He spent the early years of his career studying animal echolocation#Bats/echolocation in bats (and how their food, moths, avoids them) and Sound localization/auditory localization in owls. Desiring to work with something more directly linked to conservation he later focused his research on whales where he together with researcher Scott McVay in 1967 were the first to discover the complex sonic arrangements performed by the male humpback whales during the breeding season.

Payne describes the whale songs as "exuberant, uninterrupted rivers of sound" with long repeated "themes", each song lasting up to 30 minutes and sung by an entire group of male humpbacks at once. The songs would be varied slightly between each breeding season, with a few new phrases added on and a few others dropped.

Payne would also be the first to suggest fin whales and blue whales can communicate with sound across whole oceans.

More Roger Payne on Wikipedia.

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