Dolphins Use Names

A new study at St Andrews University confirms that dolphins use their signature whistles in the same way humans use names, as identity tags for addressing individuals.

Researchers at St Andrews’ Oceans Initiatives studies Bottlenose dolphins off the East Coast of Scotland and published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Credit: The Guardian

“The way you see who is responding is to listen for the signature whistle to see if the animal produces its own whistle back to you when you play its whistle”

Vincent Janik, Biologist

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