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Dolphin intelligence

In наука, nature, relationship, sea, wild nature on February 25, 2013 at 06:22

I think there are other species which should be treated as intellingent or semi intelligent on this planet.

Dolphins Call Each Other By Name

Feb 19, 2013 07:05 PM ET // by Jennifer Viegas 

Bottlenose dolphins call out the specific names of loved ones when they become separated, a study finds.

Other than humans, the dolphins are the only animals known to do this, according to the study, published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The big difference with bottlenose dolphins is that these communications consist of whistles, not words.

Earlier research found that bottlenose dolphins name themselves, with dolphins having a “signature whistle” that encodes other information. It would be somewhat like a human shouting, “Hey everybody! I’m an adult healthy male named George, and I mean you no harm!” … “

The researchers said dolphins copy the signature whistles of loved ones, such as a mother or close male buddy, when the two are apart. These “names” were never emitted in aggressive or antagonistic situations and were only directed toward loved ones.

The whistle copies also always had a unique variation to them, so the dolphins weren’t merely mimicking each other. The dolphins instead were adding their own “tone of voice” via unique whistling.

While researchers often hesitate to apply the “l word” — language — to non-human communications, bottlenose dolphins and possibly other dolphin species clearly have a very complex and sophisticated communication system.”



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