Songs of the Humpback Whale (album)

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Songs of the Humpback Whale is a 1970 album produced by bio-acoustician Roger Payne. It publicly demonstrated for the first time the elaborate whale vocalizations of humpback whales. Selling over 100,000 copies, it became the bestselling environmental album in history, and its sales benefited the Wildlife Conservation Society's Whale Fund, of which Payne was Scientific Director, and which sought to conserve whales through research and public education.[2][3][4] By raising awareness of the intelligence and culture of whales, the album helped spawn a worldwide ”Save The Whales” movement, leading to the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment ten-year global moratorium on commercial whaling (observed by all but a few nations).[5]

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Songs of the Humpback Whale
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ReleasedAugust 1970
GenreEnvironmental, whale song
LabelCRM Records (1970), Capitol Records (1970), Windham Hill Records (1992), BGO Records (Compact Disc, remastered, 2001)
ProducerRoger Payne and Katy Payne
Roger Payne chronology
Songs of the Humpback Whale
Deep Voices - The Second Whale Record
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