CHAT – a translator that turns dolphin sounds into English

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Dolphins are believed to be one of the most intelligent animal species on the planet.

Scientists have developed a working translator that can take dolphin sounds and turn them into spoken English. The translator called CHAT (Cetacean Hearing and Telemeintry), takes the whistling sounds that dolphins make to communicate, and matches them to a known database of meanings.

 

 

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Dolphins use whistles to call each other by individual names

Dolphins have individual signature whistles.

Humans use particular vocal labels for objects and for people. These are called words, and names. There are many animals that use sounds to convey information such as a wolf’s howl.  Some creatures, such as parrots and dolphins, can learn specific vocal labels. And wild dolphins are known to have particular, individual signature whistles. Scientists at Scotland’s St. Andrews University wanted to know: can these whistles be used as labels?

 

 

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Tool-using dolphins have been found to socialize in cliques

Dolphins that use marine sponges to forage for food have been found to socialize in cliques.

In the first definitive example of subculture in animals, Australian bottlenose dolphins that use marine sponges to forage for food have been found to socialize in cliques.

 

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Dolphins are Masters of Imitation Even When Blindfolded

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Tanner (L), a seven-year old bootlenose dolphin, is seen at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida.

Even blindfolded, a 7-year-old bottlenose dolphin named Tanner was able to mimic another dolphin’s behavior — proof, according to Florida researchers, that dolphins are masters of imitation second only to humans.

 

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Will Dolphins and Whales Be Able to Adapt to the Oily Gulf?

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NASA satellite image shows oil reaching Alabama beaches and the Florida panhandle.

The dead sperm whale found this week in the Gulf of Mexico puts the spotlight on how the BP oil spill will affect this endangered mammal, along with other cetaceans, such as dolphins, that must break the oil-slicked surface to breathe.

 

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Dolphins should be Treated As “Non-Human Persons”, Claim Scientists

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Dolphin training in the military

Researchers argue that it is morally unacceptable to keep such intelligent animals in captivity or to kill them for food.  Dolphins should be treated as “non-human persons” and merit special rights above other animals because they are so bright, scientists claim.

 

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Humans Can Develop Echolocation Used By Dolphins And Bats

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In a new research, scientists have shown that human beings can develop echolocation, the system of acoustic signals used by dolphins and bats to explore their surroundings.  The research was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Alcala de Henares (UAH) in Spain.

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Sardine Run – Amazing Underwater Phenomenon

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Sardine Run

Every year, between the months of May and July, many millions of silvery sardines travel north from the cold southern oceans off South Africa’s Cape Point, hugging the shore as they make their way up along the coastlines of the former Transkei (northern Eastern Cape) and KwaZulu-Natal in what is commonly known as the annual Sardine Run.
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