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Scientists record two dolphins 'chatting'

Posted on Monday, 12 September, 2016 | Comment icon 21 comments

Dolphins are keen conversationalists. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Vince Smith
For the first time, a conversation between two dolphins has been recorded using a special microphone.
Dolphins have long been thought to communicate using their own unique, complex language, but now scientists in Russia have actually managed to catch them in the act by listening in on how the animals form 'sentences' using their distinctive clicks and whistles.

The experiment recorded two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins communicating with one another at the Karadag Nature Reserve in Feodosia, Russia. The researchers found that each dolphin would stop and listen to the sounds made by the other before replying with its own reciprocal 'words'.

"Essentially, this exchange resembles a conversation between two people," said lead researcher Dr Vyacheslav Ryabov. "Each pulse that is produced by dolphins is different from another by its appearance in the time domain and by the set of spectral components in the frequency domain."
"In this regard, we can assume that each pulse represents a phoneme or a word of the dolphin's spoken language."

Exactly what the two dolphins were saying to one another however remains unknown.

"This language exhibits all the design features present in the human spoken language, this indicates a high level of intelligence and consciousness in dolphins, and their language can be ostensibly considered a highly developed spoken language, akin to the human language," said Dr Ryabov.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (21)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Black Red Devil on 14 September, 2016, 7:53
Where did you see this, on Nickelodeon?
Comment icon #13 Posted by danielost on 14 September, 2016, 17:37
no,  I don't remember where.
Comment icon #14 Posted by quiXilver on 15 September, 2016, 5:53
serious time warp for me on this one... perhaps they've just refined the details of it, but I would swear that this has been known since before 2000... 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Habitat on 15 September, 2016, 6:49
Fascinating TV news footage here (Brisbane) last night of a humpback whale carrying its calf on its back, while pursued by a pack of sharks (could have been twenty, likely black whalers). I was wondering how that whale communicated that to the calf, to stay there. Seemed to make a safe escape.
Comment icon #16 Posted by quiXilver on 15 September, 2016, 20:34
Everything in nature is communicating all the time...    
Comment icon #17 Posted by danielost on 16 September, 2016, 22:49
dogs communicate with each other so do cats.  have you not seen this.  cats make 100 sounds and they all reserve one for humans.  that being the meow.
Comment icon #18 Posted by quiXilver on 17 September, 2016, 4:54
This cat speaks dog...
Comment icon #19 Posted by Lilly on 17 September, 2016, 11:01
This parrot speaks cat:    
Comment icon #20 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 17 September, 2016, 13:19
Comment icon #21 Posted by White Unicorn on 17 September, 2016, 13:53
Perfect illustration of a species breaking the language barrier, now if our scientific researchers would only do more of a the same as the bird brains do LOL

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