Roger Payne

Music

How pop music helped save the whales

If you hear whale songs today, you might be getting a massage or a facial. Some recordings of humpback whales feature slow melodies — soothing enough for spa soundtracks. But not too long ago, in the early 1970s, the songs of whale songs ignited the passions of music listeners and animal activists, leading to a gold record for singer Judy Collins and a worldwide movement to save the whales.

Whale Songs

Roger Payne, collector of whale songs for more than 40 years, interprets the changing tune of whales.

Bad News from the Blubber

The research vessel Odyssey has traveled around the world for the last five and a half years to take samples of blubber from nearly 1,000 whales. Ocean Alliance, the owner and operator of Odyssey, is still analyzing the data but the initial results indica

Bad News from the Blubber

The research vessel Odyssey has traveled around the world for the last five and a half years to take samples of blubber from nearly 1,000 whales. Ocean Alliance, the owner and operator of Odyssey, is still analyzing the data but the initial results indica

Whale Songs

Roger Payne, collector of whale songs for more than 40 years, interprets the changing tune of whales.

Music

How pop music helped save the whales

If you hear whale songs today, you might be getting a massage or a facial. Some recordings of humpback whales feature slow melodies — soothing enough for spa soundtracks. But not too long ago, in the early 1970s, the songs of whale songs ignited the passions of music listeners and animal activists, leading to a gold record for singer Judy Collins and a worldwide movement to save the whales.