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Dolphin Language

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Marine Biologists are learning more about how dolphins communicate.
As Chad Myers explains, the mammals don't use their mouths, but have a communication unlike any other species. Take a look.

We've known for years that every dolphin has a specific and distinctive whistle, but now scientists believe that this sound they're calling out is actually a name.
Can you do your signature whistle?
To better understand the science behind dolphin language, marine biologists used underwater recorders to track the signature whistles hoping to unlock secrets to how these mammals communicate.
The new study out of great britain shows similarities between dolphin whistles and the human communication.
Do these dolphins talk to each other? yes, they do interact with each other vocally, they use sounds to communicate.
What the sounds mean, we don't entirely know. But they know they know and I think what's most with these animals is that the sounds are not a language, it's not a vocabulary like what we have, but like dogs barking or wolves howling in the forest that means something to those wolves. That means something to those dogs and dolphins are very similar in that aspect.
To most, it would seem that dolphins are talking to each other not just barking.
When we're underwater, it is noisy. there's clicks and whistles and sounds and because their hearing is different built entirely different than ours, it's like a chatterbox down there.
The fact is, they're not using their mouths at all.
They don't have vocal chords, the noises don't come from the mouth.
So, any noises, squeaks or squawks that a dolphin makes come out of the blowhole on top of their head.
If you take a balloon and you blow it up, and you pull the nozzle, you can make squeaks and squawks. That's exactly how it works. so the balloon is like their lung, and as the air is forced out of their lung, they can make (makes a noise) noises through that muscular flap on their blowhole.
So while they may not be using their mouths to communicate, it does seem the lines of communication are open..undersea.


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