How Do You Say ‘Danger’ in Sperm Whale Clicks?

These massive sea creatures communicate in complex, techno-like patterns. Listening in could prove key to saving them.

Credit: Amanda Cotton / Project CETI

The artist Joan Jonas honors David Grubers work with sperm whales in her 2024 video sculpture To Touch Sound, currently on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Read more at ARTnews.

Michaela Haas, Ph.D., is a Contributing Editor at Reasons to be Cheerful. An award-winning author and solutions reporter, her recent books include Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience (Atria). Visit

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