May 11, 2006

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Turns out Dolphins may really be that smart after all......

Dolphins create a signature whistle for themselves that researchers believe is comparable to a human name, suggests a new study.

The study, published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus. But the researchers believe other dolphin species, including the common dolphin and the Pacific white-sided dolphin, also possess the signature whistles.

Dolphins now join spectacled parrotlets as the only animals other than humans known to name themselves, though researchers think there may be others.

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Posted by caltechgirl at May 11, 2006 09:10 AM | TrackBack

That's so cool! :)

Posted by: Richmond at May 11, 2006 10:01 AM

How do I say Flipper?

Posted by: Bill at May 11, 2006 08:14 PM

Kewl man...and Flipper's Stoner Name is "The Pi$$ed Stoner"

Posted by: Rave at May 13, 2006 04:36 AM