Dolphin species alter “language” to better communicate

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet on Oct 5, 2010 Oct 5, 2010

dolphinsThe animal kingdom is host to thousands of languages, from a lion's roar to a frog's croak. But how aware are animals of all these different languages? A recent study shows that dolphins may have caught on and are using this knowledge to better communicate amongst themselves.

The BBC article linked below tells the story of the Bottlenose and Guyana dolphins, which change their tones based on company. While Bottlenose dolphins emit low-frequency sounds and Guyana dolphins emit high-frequency sounds, everything changes when the two species meet up.

They begin emitting sounds in a more intermediate pitch; scientists say the dolphins may be altering their usual language patterns to be better understood. Although in its early stages, this study should encourage other scientists to further research languages in the animal world!

Full BBC Story: Dolphin species attempt “common language”

While we don't interpret in Dolphin yet, we'll post an update as soon as it's available! Stay tuned!

Topics: Language, Communication