The Man Who Made Whale Songs Famous Dies at Age 88
be in the same boat: to be in the same difficult situation or to face the same challenges
It was in the vast ocean where biologist Roger Payne discovered the songs echoing through the waters. It was whales singing to each other. That discovery in the 1970s led to bans on commercial whaling in the US.
Payne did more than listen to whales. He made their songs famous. People everywhere listened to his underwater recordings of humpback whale songs. Payne also helped start important programs that continue to protect these animals.
Payne also worked with a project that is using artificial intelligence to try to translate whale speech.
Just days before his death, Payne called for us to listen again to the whales, to understand them, and to fight for their survival and ours. As Payne understood, we’re all in the same boat when it comes to protecting our shared home.
1. When the factory closed, all the workers found themselves in the same boat, looking for new jobs.
2. With the exams next week, we are all in the same boat, spending most of our time studying.
3. When it started to rain during our picnic, we were all in the same boat, running for shelter.
I Spent My Life Saving the Whales. Now They Might Save Us