We all know that animals communicate with each other in one way or another. However, dolphins are considered to be one of the most intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom. Scientists are enthusiastic about a recent discovery that dolphins have a special language of their own indeed.
The researchers who investigated this possibility are Russian. They state they have a recording of what may be considered the first recording of a dolphins’ conversation. The researchers account for the special language of these marine mammals after recording an interesting “social” interaction between two bottlenose dolphins.
The two dolphins are Yasha and Yana, and they originate from the Black Sea. The researchers’ report says that the marine animals might have used sound structures which resemble human phrases and sentences. According to the scientists, the conversation of the two dolphins seems entirely human-like. They also observed that there were pauses, suggesting that one of them was listening while the other was talking.
The researchers were able to measure and record this special interaction through a series of pulses from the dolphins. They explained that a single pulse was considered to be a word, while a group of pulses stood as the equivalent of a phrase or sentence. One of the researchers, Vyacheslav Ryabov, states the following in his paper:
“Their language can be ostensibly considered a high developed spoken language.”
Scientists are now seriously thinking about finding a way to decode the dolphins’ special language. They plan to invent a new device that should help them with this intricate, yet exciting process. Specialists say it would be one of the greatest achievements in their field to be able to communicate with one of Earth’s most intelligent creatures.
However, until that time comes, the researchers focus more on the data that they already have. They are aware that the experiment might have some flaws or restrictions. The extraordinary conversation of the two bottlenose dolphins was registered in an artificial environment. Now researchers intend to find the same results in the animals’ natural environment.
Dolphins can perceive distinct sounds. This is why they can react when people calls them by their name, and this is why they can be trained. Dolphins are also highly sociable creatures.
The recent discoveries on how dolphins communicate were published in St. Petersburg Polytechnical University Journal: Physics and Mathematics.
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