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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:01 PM

Dolphins refer to each other by name

Adario Strange
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:01pm


Language is one of the defining characteristics of human intelligence. We know that other animals communicate with each other, sometimes richly, but we like to think that the complexity of our social interactions is one of the things that makes our species unique. New research suggests that one of the other smartest species on the planet, the dolphins, may have language skills that are a lot more complex than we thought, as they've demonstrated their ability to call each other by individual names.

According to researchers working with scientists at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, this finding makes dolphins the only other living beings on the planet other than humans to assign such specific monikers to known family members and associates. Researcher Stephanie King, of the University of St. Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit, said, "animals produced copies when they were separated from a close associate and this supports our belief that dolphins copy another animal's signature whistle when they want to reunite with that specific individual." The scientists believe the name assignments are limited to particular groups. King continues, "interestingly, signature whistle copying was only found in pairs of animals composed of mothers and their calves or adult males who form long-term alliances with one another."

Dolphins are widely accepted as one of the most intelligence species on the planet, but it's difficult to look at this kind of research without wondering if we're simply not yet able to understand similarly complex dynamics in other animal species.

http://www.dvice.com/2013-2-21/dolphins-refer-each-other-name

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n2doc Feb 2013 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2013 #1
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #2
longship Feb 2013 #3
n2doc Feb 2013 #4
longship Feb 2013 #6
zbdent Feb 2013 #5
longship Feb 2013 #7
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #8
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #9
GiveMeFreedom Feb 2013 #10
abq e streeter Feb 2013 #11
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #12
Skittles Feb 2013 #13
felix_numinous Feb 2013 #14
formercia Feb 2013 #15

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:05 PM

1. That is fascinating.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:16 PM

2. Of course they do.

Excellent Catch! No pun intended. Thanks for posting.

Love, Peace and Shelter. lmsp

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:25 PM

3. They are, indeed, the second most intelligent on Earth.

Behind mice, of course. Humans place third.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Response to longship (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:36 PM

4. Humans are not Third!

We are much lower than that.

Hell my pet rat is smarter than Ted Cruz. And more trustworthy.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:52 PM

6. Well, my source is Douglas Adams.

If he were still alive, he might agree with you. Sadly, he is no longer with us.

That's my argument from Douglas Adams authority and I'm sticking to it.



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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:46 PM

5. "'ello, Bruce."

"'ello, Bruce."

"'as anyone heard from Bruce?"

"No, Bruce. How about you, Bruce?"

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Response to zbdent (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:54 PM

7. You can't post that without this!!


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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:22 PM

8. We're gonna be disappointed when we learn their language and find out they're using names like

Smells-Like-A-Dead-Beluga or Squid-Fucker

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:39 PM

9. LMAO!

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:53 PM

10. Sailor Talk

I understand.

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:54 PM

11. THAT is one of the funniest posts I've ever seen here...

clap:

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Response to abq e streeter (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:42 AM

12. thanx

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:08 AM

13. our hopes that one day soon we will communicate with dolphins

our fears they will cuss like sailors - Jack Handey

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:56 PM

14. Imagine their names for humans!

Stinky, can't swim, watch out, that one's gonna drown....

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 04:28 PM

15. Just think what the Dolphins say behind our Backs.

Maybe we can't understand what the Dolphins say because we're the stupid ones.

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