Yunqi, Hangzhou
2021.4.23-4.25

A faithful whale song @2050

 

Although you can't find its hooves, the whale is still an Artiodactyla, which is probably the smartest animal besides humans. There are many stories and more secrets in the voice of whales than their only relative, the hippos. From 2014 to 2020, a group of confused national geographic scientists followed whales from the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, diving to photograph their privacy and eavesdropping on their secret conversations, never leaving a question mark:

Why are sperm whales divided into societies?

Also the orca, why do whales in Washington, D.C. have a southern accent?

Why do Canadian whales not only speak northeast but also follow a secret etiquette that is only popular in the north? Are they gangsters?

Do whales have culture? At least, we know they have dialects.

Why are their songs not only rhythmic but also regular, like a set of molded passwords?

With the world's largest brain, wandering around the world's broadest territory, what is the sourness of these whales?

National Geographic determined to understand their language and deciphered the small secrets of cetaceans. If we really can't understand them, we have to understand their movements; if we can't even decipher them, just join them and sing a vivid whale song with human instruments and throats.

 

Schedule of activities

1.Keynote speech + video presentations

《Linguistics of Whale Songs》

Cen Boning, editor-in-chief of National Geographic China, shares the stories of National Geographic scientists exploring the behavior patterns of whales, making you experience the mysteries of the ocean and listen to the real whale songs of different whales through broadcasting and displaying the daily secrets of Marine creatures.

2.Q&A

After the real whale song is over, Cen Boning will show a humpback whale song score recorded in Hawaii, answer questions from the audience about the sea and life, and invite students present to play an impromptu whale song according to the score.

 

Co-ordinator :岑伯宁,资深媒体人,历任《GEO》中文版、《新知客》、《世界博览》主编,现任国家地理简体中文版《华夏地理》杂志主编,20年来一直致力于发展科学媒体与人文地理、自然保育传播。