posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 05:55 AM
From Discovery News:
Bottlenose dolphins call out the specific names of loved ones when they become separated, a study finds. Other than humans, the dolphins are the only
animals known to do this, according to the study, published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The big difference with bottlenose
dolphins is that these communications consist of whistles, not words. Earlier research found that bottlenose dolphins name themselves, with dolphins
having a “signature whistle” that encodes other information. It would be somewhat like a human shouting, “Hey everybody! I’m an adult healthy
male named George, and I mean you no harm!”
I always wondered if animals "named" each other. Apparently, according to this study, dolphins just might be the first animal to demonstrate
The dolphins appear to assign a certain sound to each other, and will call that specific sound when the dolphin is separated or missing. While I
doubt we can ever know conclusively that they are calling "names" (as we define names), its definitely a contact call of some sort.
“A dolphin emits its signature whistle to broadcast its identity and announce its presence, allowing animals to identify one another over large
distances and for animals to recognize one another and to join up with each other,” King explained. “Dolphin whistles can be detected up to 20 km
away (12.4 miles) depending on water depth and whistle frequency.”
Just another example of how intelligent dolphins really are. Enjoy, ATS!