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Rapunzel Project breaches divides in humpback whale communication

For the past two summers, the Five Finger light house near Petersburg has hosted humpback whale research. A graduate student from Oregon State works with a rotating team of interns to study the impact of vessel noise on humpback whale communication. The historic building perches at the confluence of Stephen’s passage and Frederick sound – and brings a healthy dose of whimsy to the earthly world of science.

Alexis Kenyon has more.

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Trees on Mitkof Island in the Tongass National Forest. Photo/Angela Denning
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