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A Theory for the Function of the Spermaceti Organ of the Sperm Whale (Physeter Catodon L.)
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Author and Affiliation:
Norris, K. S.(Calif. Univ., Los Angeles, United States);
Harvey, G. W.(Oceanic Inst., Waimanalo, HI, United States)
Abstract: The function of the spermaceti organ of the sperm whale is studied using a model of its acoustic system. Suggested functions of the system include: (1) action as an acoustic resonating and sound focussing chamber to form and process burst-pulsed clicks; (2) use of nasal passages in forehead for repeated recycling of air for phonation during dives and to provide mirrors for sound reflection and signal processing; and (3) use of the entire system to allow sound signal production especially useful for long range echolocofion in the deep sea.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1972
Document ID:
(Acquired Nov 22, 1995)
Accession Number: 72N25087
Subject Category: BIOSCIENCES
Report/Patent Number: CONTRIB-74
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: NASA, Washington Animal Orientation and Navigation; p 397-417; (SEE 19720017412)
Publisher Information: United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NS-05427-07CMS
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Oceanic Inst.; Waimanalo, HI, United States
Description: 21p; In English; Original contains black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
Imprint And Other Notes: In NASA, Washington Animal Orientation and Navigation p 397-417 (SEE N72-25062 16-04)
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