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Dolphin species attempt 'common language'

By T.K. Randall
October 1, 2010 · Comment icon 10 comments



Image Credit: (Flickr) Zest-pk
When two dolphin species interact they try to find a common language with which to communicate.
New research observing the behaviour of Bottlenose and Guyana dolphins when they interact with one another has suggested that the dolphins change the way they communicate and start to use an intermediate language.
When two dolphin species come together, they attempt to find a common language, preliminary research suggests. Bottlenose and Guyana dolphins, two distantly related species, often come together to socialise in waters off the coast of Costa Rica.


Source: BBC News | Comments (10)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Darkwind 13 years ago
Maybe their cussing each other out. It just goes to show we don't need to keep these animals in captivity.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cetacea 13 years ago
Maybe their cussing each other out. It just goes to show we don't need to keep these animals in captivity. One of the species being bottlenose dolphins I wouldn't be surprised lol. Interesting article. Dolphins tend to be quite curious so it doesn't surprise me too much that they are trying to communicate and some species even interbreed in the wild from time to time. One other example we know of something similar happening is actually in captivity; SeaWorld's orcas come from different populations so they originally spoke different dialects but being forced to live together they do communicate... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Rolci 13 years ago
This is all fascinating. Although I'm not surprised, knowing how intelligent they are. Also, they are - believe it or not - third density beings. Just like humans. I just read about them recently, please allow me to share it here: source: http://www.llresearch.org/trans/issues/1981/1981_1129.aspx
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ashiene 13 years ago
Dolphins are always planning on world domination.
Comment icon #5 Posted by HerNibs 13 years ago
One of the species being bottlenose dolphins I wouldn't be surprised lol. Interesting article. Dolphins tend to be quite curious so it doesn't surprise me too much that they are trying to communicate and some species even interbreed in the wild from time to time. One other example we know of something similar happening is actually in captivity; SeaWorld's orcas come from different populations so they originally spoke different dialects but being forced to live together they do communicate although the animals captured from the wild do maintain some characteristics of their old dialects. It mak... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by www375 13 years ago
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
Comment icon #7 Posted by farandaway 13 years ago
It makes me wonder if, like humans, when trying to communicate with some one that does not speak their language, talk really loud, slow and gesture excessively. Nibs So long, and thanks for all the fish! LOL
Comment icon #8 Posted by D_DIDDY 13 years ago
Dolphins, garden gnomes and cats are up to something....I'm just not sure what yet but i don't think it's good.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Druidus-Logos 13 years ago
This is all fascinating. Although I'm not surprised, knowing how intelligent they are. Also, they are - believe it or not - third density beings. Just like humans. I just read about them recently, please allow me to share it here: source: http://www.llresearch.org/trans/issues/1981/1981_1129.aspx No offense, but absurd and obviously quite contrived. I mean, hell, even while reading it you can tell that both sides of the convo are written by one person! There are attempts to hide it by the use of an odd pattern of speech on the "channelled" spirit's side, but they are insufficient. Attempting t... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by The Skeptic Eric Raven 13 years ago
This is all fascinating. Although I'm not surprised, knowing how intelligent they are. Also, they are - believe it or not - third density beings. Just like humans. I just read about them recently, please allow me to share it here: source: http://www.llresearch.org/trans/issues/1981/1981_1129.aspx Huh. This is beyond ridiculous. This is just bad science fiction.


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