Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Yo Flipper, Where You At? Two-Way Communication With Dolphins Established

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

For years, it’s been known amongst biologists that dolphins can, in fact, understand our human vocabulary and syntax. Unfortunately, it’s also been known that dolphins lack the ability to respond properly. Considering the complexity of human languages, dolphins just aren’t capable of making the sounds to communicate back with us— I mean, do you know how to say “Sarah Palin’s latest political snafu” in dolphin? Neither do I, but I imagine it involves a lot of shrieking.

But biologist Denise Herzing has bridged the language barrier, creating a shared, primitive language that would allow dolphins and humans to communicate with one another.

The way it works:

  • Divers press keys on a large submerged keyboard.
  • Each key is labeled with a symbol and whistle sound that dolphins can mimic.
  • When divers press a key, the humans throw them the corresponding prop.
  • When the dolphins want to ask for a toy, they either whistle or press the key with their nose.

Now, using the shared language, Herzing and the dolphins can ask each other for specific objects. Herzing also states that this same shared language method may in fact work for communicating with extraterrestrials. If they are able to do that, I hope it’s more complex than a gigantic, spaceship sized game of Simon a la Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Be Boop!

Like us on Facebook:
0 Comments

VIDEO: Moral Confusion

A look at our confused thinking when it comes to how and why we use animals.

The Vegan Nightmare for Quartz is my Vegan Dream

No hooks for hands, no phantom entanglements, just the suggestion of the United States food system shifting to support people eating nothing but plants.

Meat Is Not the Problem

Meat is not the problem, all animal products are the problem.