Actually... even if this is a very interesting discovery, which proves the intelligence of these animals as far less limited as we used to think it
is, I'm gonna explain something....
Orca's or Killer whales are members of the Cetacean family tree which include Mammalian animal marine, inc. whales dolphins etc.
The Family Delphinidae: part of the Cetacean line, but different enough for them to have their own sub line of Cetacean called Delphinida which has
developed different features then for example whales, and the main feature is that they are toothed whales. What makes them act and behave a lot
different, as their diet differ dramatically resulting in an active hunter.
The advantage from having tooth is that you know have to work harder to catch your prey, as tactics, strategy and cooperating ( hunting in packs )
creates a demand for increasing intelligent behavior from an already intelligent animal.
Since the Bottle nose dolphin and Orca/ Killer whale are in fact both Dolphins that both have similar lifestyles, hunting, communicating, socializing
and masters of their world. With one difference that a solitary bottlenose is at risk of becoming shark food. A group will actually work together
to attack or scare off the shark. With their couple of meters in size that's admirable.
A Killer whale is the largest of it's kind and their are no other animals alive today able to compete with the brute force and intelligence of an
adult killer whale , let alone a group of them.
Excuse me for drifting but my point is this :
Both Killer whales and Bottle nose dolphins have a highly developed intelligence and both have more grey brain matter then people in comparison, but
their brains are also bigger, much bigger in the Killer whale.
Meaning this... learning a language from another human could be as easy for us as it is for an Orca and a any other Dolphin or even Cetacean
On top of that these animals show the ability to learn and understand human commands, expressions and maybe even more. Which makes them at least one
or 2 steps ahead of us.
Hell they might be way more intelligent, and spend their time on way more complex matter then we can ever imagine.
Our ability to create and manipulate the world around us demands massive amounts of energy etc limiting us from all sorts of stuff, while an Orca
is free from those limiting use of brainpower and energy usage, what could possibly open doors towards stuff we only dream of, or beyond.
Not only limit we ourselves by continuous use of brain power and the urge to manipulate the world around you, we are also limited by boundaries that
come along with it. Most disturbing for example is greed, faith, manipulation and jealousy, next to actual scientific boundaries that block doorways
to us, where no block ever bothered an Orca like that, making it possible to create a world without limited imagination, which is the one and only
source of human advancements, but without the limits of science and faith. For all we know quantum physics are as easy for an orca to understand
then our ability to understand it at all. Yet in a very different way
But that's just speculation
edit on 10/8/2014 by Sinter Klaas because: (no reason given)
edit on 10/8/2014 by Sinter Klaas
because: (no reason given)