You are flippin’ kidding me, is what most of the responses have been on the news that dolphins, it has been discovered, do more than just flip about and rescue or guide stranded sailors.
According to a new study published by St. Petersburg Polytechnical University Journal, dolphins may display speech patterns that are extremely similar to humans.
The news came after an audio recording between two bottlenose dolphins at the Karadag Nature Reserve in Russia was produced.
Scientists were able to study the distinct sounds and patterns animals used to communicate and then suggested this evidence shows a clearer dolphin “language” than ever before captured.
The study indicates some pretty astounding levels of intelligent communication.
After analysis, researchers noted that “our experiments showed that the dolphins took turns in producing pulse packs and did not interrupt each other, which gives reason to believe that each of the dolphins listened to the other’s [noises] before producing its own”.
They even note that the unique sounds they heard, along with the pace and pattern at which they were heard, could indicate that dolphins were speaking a much more nuanced language than simply survival communication.
They added, “The fundamental difference between the dolphin exchange of information and the human conversation is in the characteristics of the acoustic signals of their spoken language”.
Basically, if we can learn the patterns of their language, we can theoretically interpret what they are saying, hopefully.