How Dolphin Communication Is Similar to Human Communication

Could humans one day be able to communicate with dolphins? The idea might sound fanciful, but recent studies by dolphin researchers suggest that the distance between the way that dolphins converse with each other and human communication is not as vast as we once thought. In time, the mysterious world of dolphins may open up to us.

Girl and dolphin

According to recent scientific findings, dolphins do not whistle. Instead, they make a similar noise using their nasal cavities. By controlling the muscles in their noses so that they vibrate at a certain frequency, a dolphin can produce a distinctive, whistle-like noise. Every dolphin in the world has a unique sound all its own that it uses to identify itself to other dolphins.

Dolphins use these noises—along with nonverbal actions such as blowing bubbles and snapping their jaws—to communicate with each other, to find food, and to scan the area around them. Researchers believe that dolphins actually carry on complex conversations with each other. They threaten each other, offer each other help, and warn each other about potential danger.

Most noises made by dolphins can’t be heard by humans, since they are operating at a frequency that our ears cannot perceive. However, a device has been developed that replicates dolphin noises , which may enable researchers to determine what dolphins use certain sounds to mean. The next step, of course, is using those sounds to “talk” to dolphins. It’s too soon to say, but it’s entirely possible that one day we may be able to communicate directly with these extraordinary creatures.

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