Everyone knows that dolphins are highly intelligent. They are on that special list of animals that we are not supposed to eat because they are “too smart” and it would just be weird. India recently legally classified dolphins as “non-human persons” and now there is even more evidence to suggest that dolphins are people. Scientists have announced that dolphins are capable of communicating with each other individually with a highly developed spoken language that resembles the back and forth of how two humans talk. I wonder what they talk about?
While it has long been known that dolphins communicate in groups, scientists did not fully understand that individual dolphins have “conversations.” One dolphin will make a series of up to five clicks, and whistles. These are essentially dolphin words. Then the other dolphin will respond, just like a human conversation. Sadly some of these dolphin words are of a high pitched frequency that humans cannot even hear. So be wary of sneaky dolphins talking in code.
The new insight into dolphin communication was led by lead researcher Dr Vyacheslav Ryabov who studied two dolphins named Yasha and Yana. He says,
“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.”
This amazing discovery may lead to a new cross species understanding uncovering a whole new world of amazing insight to the animal kingdom. Or more than likely we will find out what Carl from the Great Barrier Reef had for dinner last night.
Dolphins are probably just as boring as we are.
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