Tubelli AA
, Zosuls AL
, Ketten DR
, Mountain DC
. The effects of mechanical property manipulation on Minke Whale hearing sensitivity
. In: 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Vol Abstracts. Abstracts ed. Tampa, FL: Society for Marine Mammology; 2011. p. 296-7.
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There is little knowledge about the biomechanics of hearing in mysticetes. Biophysical models of the middle ear can predict audiograms in part via the middle-ear transfer function. Previous work predicted that the frequency range of best sensitivity for the Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) is near the range of vocalizations for that species. A revised middle ear finite element model incorporates middle ear soft tissues as geometry, including the glove finger, the ear drum homologue familiar from terrestrial