Dolphins refer to each other by name: Study

Dolphins are the only other living beings on the planet to assign such specific monikers to known family members and associates.

One of the defining characteristics of human intelligence is language.  We like to think that the complexity of our social interactions is one of the things that makes humans unique, but we do know that other animals do communicate with each other. Dolphins are one of the other smartest species on Earth, and new research suggests they may have language skills that are a lot more complex than we thought, as they’ve demonstrated their ability to call each other by individual names.




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New species of Dolphin discovered in Australia


A fascinating new discovery.

Researchers in Australia say they’ve made a remarkable discovery, identifying for one of the first times in over a hundred years a brand new species of dolphin. And, in addition to being the latest of its kind to be uncovered, this new type of dolphin, namedTursiops australis, is also among the rarest. So far, biologists have only found a handfull of places along the coast of Australia where they exist — and there’s only thought to be around 150 of them in existence…

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Dolphins now conch fishing


Dolphins are very smart creatures.

Researchers from Murdoch University have been watching bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia develop an ingenious way to fish. First witnessed by researchers in 2007, a dolphin will use a conch shell to trap and scoop up fish. The dolphin will then proceed to pour the fishies into its mouth as if they were the bottoms of a chip bag. The remarkable part is that this behavior seems to be becoming more widespread, marking it as a trend learned…

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‘Echoes’ Found In Bat And Dolphin DNA


Scientists have found a striking similarity in the DNA that enables some bats and dolphins to echolocate.

A key gene that gives their ears the ability to detect high-frequency sound has produced the exact same amino acid changes over time in both creatures.

The researchers report their findings in the journal Current Biology.

It may be the first time that identical genetics has been shown to underpin the evolution of similar characteristics in very different organisms.

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