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Dolphins 'Talk' Like Humans, New Study Suggests
Live Science ^ | 07 September 2011 | Jeanna Bryner

Posted on 09/08/2011 9:24:29 AM PDT by twister881

Dolphins "talk" to each other, using the same process to make their high-pitched sounds as humans, according to a new analysis of results from a 1970s experiment.

The findings mean dolphins don't actually whistle as has been long thought, but instead rely on vibrations of tissues in their nasal cavities that are analogous to our vocal cords.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dolphins; humans; like; talk
I knew it!


1 posted on 09/08/2011 9:24:30 AM PDT by twister881
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To: twister881
Duh!


2 posted on 09/08/2011 9:26:06 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: twister881

well, they certainly make at least as much sense as, say, Michael Moore.


3 posted on 09/08/2011 9:26:43 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: twister881

If they are so darned smart as to have speech, where are their buildings, works of art, literature etc.?


4 posted on 09/08/2011 9:26:43 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: twister881

One could also say that chimpanzees play the drums just like Buddy Rich — I mean, they hold a stick and hit stuff with it.


5 posted on 09/08/2011 9:27:18 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: twister881

I love dolphins. They are fascinating. When we would go to the Seaquarium in Miami I would spend the whole time just watching the dolphins. I have always dreamed of doing one of those swim with the dolphins trips. I think it would be awesome.


6 posted on 09/08/2011 9:27:48 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (PC)
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To: The Great RJ
If they are so darned smart as to have speech, where are their buildings, works of art, literature etc.?

The White Man stole them.

7 posted on 09/08/2011 9:28:17 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: twister881

8 posted on 09/08/2011 9:28:37 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: twister881

The Dolphins may talk like humans but they are still going 5-11 as long as Chad Henne is their QB.


9 posted on 09/08/2011 9:29:43 AM PDT by henkster (Socialists and liberals all want jobs; they just don't want to work.)
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To: cuban leaf
"Man [has] always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much-the wheel, New York, wars and so on-while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man-for precisely the same reason."
10 posted on 09/08/2011 9:30:30 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Due to the earthquake the president has officially implemented Rule 18-1.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Went on one in Honduras this summer...AWESOME!!!!
11 posted on 09/08/2011 9:31:16 AM PDT by glaseatr (Father of a Marine, Uncle of SGT Adam Estep. A Co. 2/5 Cav. KIA Thurs April 29, 2004 Baghdad Iraq)
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To: twister881

12 posted on 09/08/2011 9:32:11 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: The Great RJ

Thumbs man. They got no thumbs.


13 posted on 09/08/2011 9:33:03 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: The Great RJ
"If they are so darned smart as to have speech...."

Never mind buildings or works or art-heck, why don't they tell all their buddies to "watch out for those tuna nets-they'll get you every time!"

...or something smart like THAT??

14 posted on 09/08/2011 9:34:25 AM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: twister881
Um, igloos?

15 posted on 09/08/2011 9:34:27 AM PDT by I see my hands (Keep your sunny side up!)
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To: The Great RJ

They don’t need all that crap. They have the whole ocean and they seem perfectly content with that. But wouldn’t it be cool if animals could talk? Actually, my dogs can but they won’t do it in front of anyone but me. Kinda like Mr. Ed.


16 posted on 09/08/2011 9:35:03 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (PC)
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To: The Great RJ
If they are so darned smart as to have speech, where are their buildings, works of art, literature etc.?

And why don't they pass the word as to the location of and how to avoid tuna nets.

17 posted on 09/08/2011 9:35:26 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: henkster

As a Dolphins fan, that really made me LOL. True.


18 posted on 09/08/2011 9:36:05 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (PC)
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To: twister881

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 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 and thanks
for all the fish


19 posted on 09/08/2011 9:37:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KarlInOhio
"all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the

Well, I don't don't know about dolphins mucking around water, but I heard about a goldfish who mucked around a fountain....or was that a climber who...oh never mind..

20 posted on 09/08/2011 9:38:05 AM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: twister881
heh! Makes me wonder if dolphins have accents depending on what part of the world they are from, and would other dolphins understand them.
21 posted on 09/08/2011 9:45:14 AM PDT by DejaJude (Obama - in over his head and above his pay grade.)
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To: The Great RJ

“Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.

But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man for precisely the same reason.” - Douglas Adams


22 posted on 09/08/2011 9:45:51 AM PDT by null and void (Day 957 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: glaseatr; ilovesarah2012

Ever since Rush discussed on-air the male dolphin habit of extending a “Finger of Friendship” I have lost interest in swimming with them...


23 posted on 09/08/2011 9:48:10 AM PDT by jboot
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To: NativeNewYorker

"LACES OUT!"

24 posted on 09/08/2011 9:55:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: The Great RJ

Bad reporting. (Suprise!)

Vocalizing isn’t the same as talking.

We don’t know if they ‘talk’ (i.e. convey information in the form of complex and abstract concepts). They do, however vocalize, using organs that are roughly analogous to our vocal cords..

But so do cows and sheep. And POTUS.


25 posted on 09/08/2011 9:56:02 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: twister881
The Dolphin armies are massing as we speak...


26 posted on 09/08/2011 10:03:14 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Of course your dogs talk to you when other people aren't around. Most animals do that. To wit:

What They're Really Saying

As you see from this, they call each other "dude" a lot and say "What's good, what's good," like most young guys now. Betcha didn't know that.

27 posted on 09/08/2011 10:06:15 AM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: jboot

Hahaha I remember that and I figure it’s just nature. The coolest part was a mother dolphin and her baby of 3 months swimming within 5 feet of us. You figure if the mother dolphin wasn’t secure nothing would happen to her baby she would have not done that. Unlike some of the “Human” mothers we see today.


28 posted on 09/08/2011 10:29:20 AM PDT by glaseatr (Father of a Marine, Uncle of SGT Adam Estep. A Co. 2/5 Cav. KIA Thurs April 29, 2004 Baghdad Iraq)
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To: cuban leaf

Fa love Pa!

29 posted on 09/08/2011 10:38:37 AM PDT by frithguild (We admitted we were powerless over government - that out lives had become unmanageable)
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To: the invisib1e hand
http://i.cdn.turner.com/v5cache/TCM/Images/Dynamic/i52/dayofdolphin1973_ff_188x141_020920071208.jpg

I just spit on my monitor.

30 posted on 09/08/2011 10:44:48 AM PDT by frithguild (We admitted we were powerless over government - that out lives had become unmanageable)
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To: twister881

I wrote a program to translate dog-talk. Here’s what they were saying.
“Gimme a snack!”
“I have to pee!”
“Gimme a snack!”
“There’s a squirrel!”
“Gimme a snack!”
I shut the program down.


31 posted on 09/08/2011 11:10:55 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: twister881
They are very interesting animals, this past May while fishing the Sea of Cortez, we encountered what was explained as a dolphin nursery, a huge circle of adult dolphins, I estimated at least 75-100 and inside the circle of adults seems like l00 baby dolphins, it was amazing> I have fished these waters for 35 years and this is the first time I have ever experienced this. Talk about wonderful and awesome!
32 posted on 09/08/2011 11:49:20 AM PDT by balticseaviking (been there done that , Talked the talk and sure as hell walked the walk)
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To: twister881

If dolphins are so smart, why don’t they have hospitals?


33 posted on 09/08/2011 11:50:50 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon

Their dorsal fins stick too far out of the hospital gowns. Dolphins are pretty vain. Now a mullet, why he’s got no pride. He’d wear a hospital gown.


34 posted on 09/08/2011 12:46:02 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: The Great RJ

“If they are so darned smart as to have speech, where are their buildings, works of art, literature etc.?”

I don’t think they are intelligent in a way comparable to humans, but still, those are very “human-centric” methods of judging intelligence. Humans are very poorly suited to living in the natural world, so we needed to develop clothing and buildings to help us survive. We also lack natural weapons, so we had to develop weapons and tools to help us procure food. Better equipped animals wouldn’t have any need of these things, but it wouldn’t mean they didn’t have the capacity to develop them if they did need them.

As for art and literature, could these things develop in an oceanic environment that is much less static than a terrestrial one? Here, if you scratch something in a cave wall or pile some stones on top of each other, they will last a long time and communicate something to another generation, but in the ocean those things would be obliterated very quickly, and not accomplish their purpose.


35 posted on 09/08/2011 1:57:47 PM PDT by Boogieman
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