Several species of animals seem to exhibit forms of culture. Here’s a fascinating article about this:

Hidden Whale Culture Could Be Critical to Species Survival

By Brandon Keim | June 24, 2009 | Wired.com

Though it sounds at first like a marine biologist’s take on political correctness, respecting the cultural diversity of whales may be essential to saving them.

Scientists are accustomed to thinking of whale populations in terms of genetic diversity. But even when they share the same genes, groups of whales can live in very different ways, raising the possibility that species might be saved even while individual cultures vanish. The tragedy of cultural extinction aside, cultural diversity may sustain the long-term health of Earth’s cetaceans.

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