Did We Just Get Scientific Proof That Dolphins Actually Have Human-like Conversations?

Posted on Oct 13, 2016

Recently, a group of Russian researchers has made the claim that they were able to record and prove something incredible about dolphins. They have the ability to carry out a human-like conversation! Let's see how they discovered this and what the scientific community had to say about it.

1. Can Dolphins Converse like Humans?

Can Dolphins Converse like Humans?
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According to the Russian research - yes! But the experts around the world are not so easily convinced. Scientist like Richard Connor and Marc Lammers are quick to explain the faultiness of the experiment.

2. Dolphins Produce Clicks That Are Very Directional and the Force of Them Is Strongest in Front of the Animal. The Strength and Focus of the Click Can Be Compared to a Flashlight, like Casting a Light Strobe Only in Front of Itself

Dolphins Produce Clicks That Are Very Directional and the Force of Them Is Strongest in Front of the Animal. The Strength and Focus of the Click Can Be Compared to a Flashlight, like Casting a Light Strobe Only in Front of Itself
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3. The Problem with the Russian Experiment Is That the Dolphins' "Speech" Was Not Recorded Properly. It Was Done Under an Angle of 90 Degrees, Which Is the Worst Possible Way to Do It, Since the Focus of the Click Is Centered Elsewhere. Such a Recording Could Be Compared To, in Human Terms, Overhearing a Conversation Coming from the Next Room

The Problem with the Russian Experiment Is That the Dolphins' "Speech" Was Not Recorded Properly. It Was Done Under an Angle of 90 Degrees, Which Is the Worst Possible Way to Do It, Since the Focus of the Click Is Centered Elsewhere. Such a Recording Could Be Compared To, in Human Terms, Overhearing a Conversation Coming from the Next Room
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4. Another Issue Is the Fact That Dolphins Were Also Recorded While Conversing Out of the Water, Where Air along with the Motion of the Water Can Create Disturbances in the Recordings. Without Applying Any Form of Counteractive Measures, One May Not Be Able to Differentiate the Actual Clicks from the Echoes Produced in Such Surroundings

Another Issue Is the Fact That Dolphins Were Also Recorded While Conversing Out of the Water, Where Air along with the Motion of the Water Can Create Disturbances in the Recordings. Without Applying Any Form of Counteractive Measures, One May Not Be Able to Differentiate the Actual Clicks from the Echoes Produced in Such Surroundings
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5. One of the Main Problems Was the Complete Disregard of Already Known Scientific Facts, on the Behalf of the Researchers. This Resulted in Jumping to Various Conclusions Without Having Enough Proper Support

One of the Main Problems Was the Complete Disregard of Already Known Scientific Facts, on the Behalf of the Researchers. This Resulted in Jumping to Various Conclusions Without Having Enough Proper Support
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6. The Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project, Denise Herzing, Who Has Been Working with Dolphins for 30 Years, Makes a Good Point by Stating That There Is No Reason to Believe That Just Because They Can Communicate with Humans via Sign Language, They Have to Communicate in a Human-like Manner When They Are in the Wild

The Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project, Denise Herzing, Who Has Been Working with Dolphins for 30 Years, Makes a Good Point by Stating That There Is No Reason to Believe That Just Because They Can Communicate with Humans via Sign Language, They Have to Communicate in a Human-like Manner When They Are in the Wild
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7. She Also Had to Disprove One of the Most Famous Findings That the Dolphins Never Interrupt Each Other While Speaking, and According to the Russian Team of Experts, This Indicated That They Were Carefully Listening and Planing Their Responses in Turns

She Also Had to Disprove One of the Most Famous Findings That the Dolphins Never Interrupt Each Other While Speaking, and According to the Russian Team of Experts, This Indicated That They Were Carefully Listening and Planing Their Responses in Turns
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8. Herzing Remarked That the News, Although True, Were Pretty Old, and That It Has Been Known That Dolphins Communicate Without Overlapping Each Other Since 1979

Herzing Remarked That the News, Although True, Were Pretty Old, and That It Has Been Known That Dolphins Communicate Without Overlapping Each Other Since 1979
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9. Yet Another Thing That Casts a Shade on the Russian Research Are the More Commercial Outlets and Newspapers Through Which the News Got to the General Public, Rather Than Through Acclaimed Scientific Journals

Yet Another Thing That Casts a Shade on the Russian Research Are the More Commercial Outlets and Newspapers Through Which the News Got to the General Public, Rather Than Through Acclaimed Scientific Journals
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10. So, Although We Do Know That Dolphins Are Highly Intelligent and Are Quite Communicative, the Manner in Which They Chat among Themselves Still Remains Their Private Matter

So, Although We Do Know That Dolphins Are Highly Intelligent and Are Quite Communicative, the Manner in Which They Chat among Themselves Still Remains Their Private Matter
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