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Device For Humans To Speak To Dolphins
Sky News ^ | Tuesday April 07, 2009 | Catherine Jacob

Posted on 04/10/2009 1:17:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Dolphins' secret underwater language has intrigued generations of scientists, but no one has come close to cracking the code to understanding their mysterious sounds - until now.

A British acoustics engineer claims he may be close to deciphering the clicks and whistles that make up "dolphin speak".

In a lab in his Cumbrian cottage, John Stuart Reid showed me his Cymascope, a new invention which transforms sounds into pictures.

He explained the principle behind it using sand, a brass plate and a violin bow.

"You see what happens when we bring the bow down the side of the plate," he said.

"It's almost like magic because we can see now the imprint the sound has made on the surface of the plate, through the sand.

"It's literally the pattern of sound. That's the shape the sound would be if we could see it.

"That's exactly the principle of the Cymascope. Instead of using a brass plate, we're using the surface of water."

John Stewart Reid and wife Annaliese John has been working with Florida-based cetacean researcher Jack Kassewitz, who collects the dolphin and whale sounds in the field and sends them back to the UK. He then showed me the Cymascope in action, using a pre-recorded whale sound, and explained how the process works.

"Inside the business end of the Cymascope there is a very small area of water. A light ring illuminates the water and then a video camera points down onto the water's surface," he said.

"So what we're going to do is excite the water by introducing the whale song, then look what happens on the TV monitor when we play that lovely song. What you see is the image of the sound.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: dolphins
How long until dolphin start getting Twitter feeds?
1 posted on 04/10/2009 1:17:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Jimmah better not get anywhere near the thing, unless he wants to be impaled.


2 posted on 04/10/2009 1:20:08 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: nickcarraway

The first thing that they will say is that Obama is an America hating Commie.


3 posted on 04/10/2009 1:23:06 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: nickcarraway

So long, and thanks for all the fish!


4 posted on 04/10/2009 1:24:19 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Can't get enough of my snarking? http://twitter.com/slingsandarrows)
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To: Islaminaction

or ‘we’re smarter than you because you voted Obama’


5 posted on 04/10/2009 1:24:25 PM PDT by max americana
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To: nickcarraway

now thats important


6 posted on 04/10/2009 1:25:19 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: nickcarraway

One of the funniest Far Side had the scientists with a chalkboard next to a dolphin tank saying “they keep making those funny sounds” with a list on the board:

Bwenos Dee-as
Kommo Ess-tas
Kwal Es Nu Nom-bray

Hilarious!


7 posted on 04/10/2009 1:26:21 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve tried sign language with the dolphins but their flippers just can’t handle it.


8 posted on 04/10/2009 1:26:28 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

So long and thanks for all the fish
So sad that it should come to this
We tried to warn you all but oh dear

You may not share our intellect
Which might explain your disrespect
For all the natural wonders that grow (around you)
So long so long and thanks for all the fish

The world’s about to be destroyed
There’s no point getting all annoyed
Lie back and let the planet dissolve (around you)

Despite those nets of tuna fleets
We thought that most of you were sweet
Especially tiny tots and your pregnant women

So long so long, so long so long, so long so long, so long so long
So long so long, so long so long, so long so long
So long so long and thanks for all the fish

If I had just one last wish
I would like a tasty fish
If we could just change one thing
We would all have learned to sing

Come one and all
Man and mammal
Side by side in life’s great gene pool

So long so long, so long so long, so long so long, so long so long
So long so long, so long so long, so long so long
So long so long and thanks for all the fish


9 posted on 04/10/2009 1:27:42 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Islaminaction

Actually, I think the dolphins will ask us to whack a few Orcas and sharks for them.


10 posted on 04/10/2009 1:28:15 PM PDT by darth
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To: darth

OK, can we send in Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Reid as advance scouts?


11 posted on 04/10/2009 1:30:31 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: nickcarraway

12 posted on 04/10/2009 1:32:37 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway

I’m reminded of the “Far Side” cartoon where the scientists succeeds in building a machine to translate a dog’s barks...


13 posted on 04/10/2009 1:34:11 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: DManA

Ooohhh! You’re good! I was just posting my recollection of that cartoon!


14 posted on 04/10/2009 1:34:52 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: nickcarraway

Great! Now we will have dolphins telling us that, “Timmy’s in the well!”


15 posted on 04/10/2009 1:36:38 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
Didn't you see Flipper?
16 posted on 04/10/2009 1:37:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: dfwgator

Huh! I had no idea there was a musical version!


17 posted on 04/10/2009 1:39:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Can't get enough of my snarking? http://twitter.com/slingsandarrows)
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To: nickcarraway
Device For Humans To Speak To Dolphins

Good luck with that.

18 posted on 04/10/2009 1:44:40 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nickcarraway

19 posted on 04/10/2009 1:45:36 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (We've gone from Jefferson to the Jeffersons)
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To: nickcarraway

The Day of the Dolphin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Dolphin comes to mind ...

Jack


20 posted on 04/10/2009 1:52:00 PM PDT by JackOfVA
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t see anything really new in this device, but he’s got a cute wife researching with him, so points for the pic.


21 posted on 04/10/2009 1:52:40 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: nickcarraway

The entire evidence that dolphins are so intelligent is that their cerebrums have a very high surface area. There is a correlation between cerebral surface area and intelligence. So far, the only animal found capable of abstract language (i.e., the use of adjectives or hyptheticals) is not a dolphin or an ape, but a parrot. The animal with the most evolved reasoning skills is a dog.


22 posted on 04/10/2009 1:53:12 PM PDT by dangus
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To: nickcarraway

Yes, but my point is that, somehow, Lassie’s barking was translated by people into, “Timmy’s in the well.” Now, my point is when people translate “dolphin speak”, it’s also translated into, “Timmy’s in the well.” :)


23 posted on 04/10/2009 1:57:07 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: DManA
And she was lying in the grass
And she could hear the highway breathing
And she could see a nearby factory
Shes making sure she is not dreaming
24 posted on 04/10/2009 1:57:58 PM PDT by steveo
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

The dolphins are saying “what’s for dinner? Fish again!”


25 posted on 04/10/2009 1:59:43 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: nickcarraway
Said the spokesdolphin: "Hey! HEY! Gimme a fish! Hey! Hey! Gimme a fish! Hey! Hey! Gimme a.....What was that noise?"

"Hey! Hey! What was that noise? Hey! Hey! What...."

And so on. They're animals, for Pete's sake. Are these idiots expecting to debate philosophy with them?

26 posted on 04/10/2009 2:09:39 PM PDT by wbill
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To: DManA
I posted #26 before reading your cartoon. Really.

GMTA. :-)

27 posted on 04/10/2009 2:10:31 PM PDT by wbill
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To: nickcarraway

South Park also had something similar happen with killer whales during one episode. At the end, we see a dead killer whale on the moon.


28 posted on 04/10/2009 4:19:37 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!

"eeeeiiiit eeeeiiit cackle cackle eeeeit eeeeeeit!"

29 posted on 04/10/2009 4:46:30 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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To: nickcarraway; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

...unfortunately, the dolphins can’t understand anything coming out of the machine...


30 posted on 04/10/2009 5:23:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: nickcarraway

These researchers are so silly. Look the noise makes a pattern on the water!

Reminds me of The Voyage Home where Spock points out (paraphrasing) that you can’t speak “whale” by just stringing a bunch of whale song sounds together, it won’t have any meaning.


31 posted on 04/10/2009 5:38:35 PM PDT by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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