Device May Let Humans Talk to Dolphins

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In the future, you may be able to get friendly with Flipper thanks to a new speaker device. According to Discovery News, a speaker has recently been invented in Japan that can reproduce and project the full range of dolphin sounds, including those used in communication.

Previously, scientists were limited in their interactions with dolphins via sound. The animal range of sound far surpasses that of humans. Dolphins can detect the slightest change in frequency and pitch, and can both produce and hear noises well above and below our range of hearing. These fascinating creatures also have the ability to communicate in a variety of frequencies simultaneously.

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All of these factors meant we were severely limited in understanding and responding to dolphin communication. This new device will attempt to tackle that void. The invention is able to mimic and play back every sound that dolphins use to communicate.

Researchers are eager to give the new invention a trial run. Scientists plan to do an ongoing series of tests, broadcasting specific compilations of dolphin vocalizations and sounds, recording the animal's response to each. Hopefully, after enough research, these tests can decode some of the dolphin's language and allow us to communicate with them.

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Scientists are hesitant to say that a true dolphin-to-man conversation will happen in the near future, stating that there is still much to be learned about the basics of the complex dolphin language. Of course, just because it is out of reach currently doesn't mean researchers aren't hoping and working for a chance to truly talk to the animals.

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that might not be a good thing, what they finally want to say might not be what we want to hear? "who stunk up the room!!!" it could go on and when there is company???

May 29 2012 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The first thing they should do is figure out if all dolphins speak the same language or, if their speech varies by ocean or region. Then, focus on the commonalities produced with common stimuli.

May 29 2012 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hiiko Seijurou

In6daysall, no idea what caused you to go into a religious rant. Perhaps dolphins speaking with humans is too much for you.

Your dog barks at the moon because he's following his instincts, trying to communicated with his non-existant pack. Perhaps your understanding of dogs is more limited than his understanding of the world. He barks to his pack, not the moon. The moon just happens to be there.

As for the dolphins. I think the first thing they would say would be "Leave us alone!"

May 29 2012 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Animals are limited in comprehension? Sadly so are humans... even if you buy the view that humans are created in the image of God it is hard to see how that is but a very imperfect reflection... since so many humans are so imperfect. There is no reason that God could not create more than one intelligent species on this world or any other.

May 29 2012 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Might be useful to be able to give them more detailed commands than by the usual training method. But animals are limited in comprehension. My dog barks at the moon but has little understanding of it.

Only humans are made in the image of God, which is why we have so much more capacity than animals. But it makes us that much more accountable to him though, and we all fall short by his standards. So I recommend Jesus Christ - he says we are judged at death and that he is the only way to get forgiveness.

May 29 2012 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who said that dolphins want to talk to humans in the first place?

May 29 2012 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Geoffrey Wagner

Life imitating art...seaQuest DSV.

May 25 2012 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith Parsels

Just why would Dolphins want to talk to humans?

May 25 2012 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne E Lee

May 25 2012 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Goodbye and thanks for all the fish!

May 25 2012 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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