Dolphins Recorded Having Conversation: Split on Election

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Clicks. Whistles and Pulses. That’s how dolphins respond to each other. It’s almost like listening to Morse code. Researchers have known for a long time how dolphins communicate, especially when they are excited, happy or stressed. But most recently scientists recorded two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, Yasha and Yana, having a real “conversation” for the very first time.


H/T The Telegraph:

Two dolphins have been recorded having a conversation for the first time after scientists developed an underwater microphone which could distinguish the animals’ different “voices”.

Researchers have known for decades that the mammals had an advanced form of communication, using distinctive clicks and whistles to show they are excited, happy, stressed or separated  from the group.

But scientists have now shown that dolphins alter the volume and frequency of pulsed clicks to form individual “words” which they string together into sentences in much the same way that humans speak.

Researchers at the Karadag Nature Reserve, in Feodosia, Russia, recorded two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, called Yasha and Yana, talking to each other in a pool. They found that each dolphin would listen to a sentence of pulses without interruption, before replying.


Lead researcher Dr Vyacheslav Ryabov, said: “Essentially, this exchange resembles a conversation between two people.

“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.

“The analysis of numerous pulses registered in our experiments showed that the dolphins took turns in producing [sentences] and did not interrupt each other, which gives reason to believe that each of the dolphins listened to the other’s pulses before producing its own.

“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.”

Speaking of high intelligence, recently there was an incident that involved a Miami Heat dancer, Teressa Cee, in the Bahamas doing a photo shoot. She accidently dropped her phone in the water. When a trainer nearby used a whistle to communicate with the dolphin, something surprisingly happened.  Watch for yourself:

Well, for those of us that were around in the ’60’s we have known that dolphins could communicate for a long time. Afterall, we grew up watching “Flipper” didn’t we?

I know your wondering by now, what was the conversation about between the two dolphins, Yasha and Yana (just hum the “Flipper” theme song):

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No one you see, is smarter than he,…

Yasha: Wouldn’t vote for Clinton or even Kaine VP….

Yana: Thinking about Trump and really like Pence you see…

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No one you see, is smarter than he,…

No one can argue the fact that dolphins are pretty intelligent mammals. Too bad we don’t have Democrats with dolphin brains voting for the next president, especially in Florida!



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