Life Lines

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Researchers have discovered that dolphins might be able to learn a new language! Four captive bottlenose dolphins in Port-Saint-Pere, France have repeatedly heard recorded whale sounds during their various performances at the aquatic park. When researchers recorded the dolphins talking in their sleep, they found that the animals actually made whale-like noises as opposed to dolphin sounds. It was suggested that the dolphins might actually be practicing their performances during their sleep and might have the ability to learn a new language if studies can confirm that the sounds are in fact whale language.

To find out more and hear the dolphins sleep talking, visit Science Now.

Comments

  1. #1 The Peak Oil Poet
    January 26, 2012

    Maybe they have evolved to sound like a killer whale while asleep and the whale words they are saying are “i’m really an orca don’t eat me”

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  2. #2 Jim Thomerson
    February 4, 2012

    There was a science fiction story where the aliens arrive. They are friendly and cordial to humans, but inform us that they are here to visit the dolphins.

  3. #3 Jane Upton
    May 11, 2012

    not really sure what to make of this but its interesting, I may have to sleep on it