Do you know what dolphins sound like? Have you ever seen or heard dolphins communicate with one another?
A study published in the St. Petersburg Polytechnical University Journal last month says a language used by dolphins may have been recorded.
Researchers believe that two dolphins named Tasha and Yana from the Karadag Nature Reserve in Russia were using unique pulses and whistles. This suggests they were used like sentences and words. They said that between sounds, the dolphins were pausing and listening before responding. It was compared to a conversation between humans.
Dolphin Communication Project director Dr. Kathleen M. Dudzinski looked at the study and came to the conclusion that while the study was interesting, there wasn’t enough evidence to claim the sounds made a legitimate language.
Dolphin Communication Project senior research associate Justin Gregg said that while physical gestures and sounds are forms of communication, they’re not necessarily a language.
Lead researcher Liz Hawkins said that the communication between the two dolphins is complex and contextual, and could technically be considered a language.