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"You Talkin' to Me?" - Dolphins Call Each Other by Name.

Posted on the 03 March 2013 by Freeplanet @CUST0D1AN
I love these little research pieces on live wild animals, much better than waterboarding some poor dolphin in a concrete soundwave prison like Sea World.
Anyway, it's a piece in SIGN OF THE TIMES called Dolphins call each other by name and I quote:
"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," lead author Stephanie King of the University of St. Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit told Discovery News.
"A dolphin emits its signature whistle to broadcast its identity and announce its presence, allowing animals to identify one another over large distances and for animals to recognize one another and to join up with each other," King explained. "Dolphin whistles can be detected up to 20 km away (12.4 miles) depending on water depth and whistle frequency."
"This study provides evidence that copies of signature whistles include elements that differ from the whistles of the original whistler, while still maintaining the changes in frequency over time that allow a listener to identify the original whistler," Harley said. "In addition, that signature whistle copying occurs between close associates, suggesting it is used affiliatively."

So, there you have it, a (sea)dog that knows its name, and can spell it too.
Now, we need to ask these vivid living individuals if they believe in God, I suppose. LOL.

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