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Scientists discover dolphins speak in sentences

/ 04:22 PM September 13, 2016

Dolphins are among the most intelligent creatures in the oceans but scientists have made a discovery that could prove them to be far more intelligent than initially thought.  Image INQUIRER.net

Dolphins are playful, social and highly intelligent creatures. Scientists have been aware of this fact for quite some time. Further proof of this is the latest discovery made by researchers that dolphins may actually “speak” to each other in full sentences.

The discovery was made by a team of researchers in Karadag using a new kind of high-fidelity underwater microphone, reports Engadget.

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These researchers had been listening in on a pair of Black Sea bottlenose dolphins named Yasha and Yana when they found that the various sounds that the dolphins made could be attributed to as “words” and that the dolphins would wait for the other to finish a “sentence” before responding with its own set of sounds.

Past research has already uncovered certain sounds or “words” that pertained to the presence of food. It’s likely that the research to decipher more of the dolphin’s language will take a long while. But when it does get deciphered, it would be the first time that humans will be privy to the thoughts and conversations of a different species. It could even influence key principles in linguistics and the process of learning a new language.  Alfred Bayle/rga

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TOPICS: dolphin, high-fidelity underwater microphone, Karadag, sentences, Yana, Yasha
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