Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dolphins and whales give themselves names

Scientists have known for a while that bottlenose dolphins give themselves "names"--unique whistles they use to identify themselves and each other.  Now it's thought that sperm whales might be doing the same, using sonar clicks as personal identifiers.

Read here in the U.K.'s The Sunday Times about scientists who suggest that dolphins should be considered "non-human persons."

Do you agree?

Here's a dolphin I once knew. We called her Rosie--
now I wonder what she called herself.
(Photo from http://rosmarus.com/Releases/Rel_1.htm) 

5 comments:

  1. Do you suppose they give us identifiers as well? Wonder what Rosie called you?

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  2. Patricia K. LichenMarch 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Ha! Maybe "Bringer of the Fish Bucket."

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  3. hey Pat, I just saw this show in TV about an Orca killing a great white shark. It was amazing ! Have you seen it?

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  4. I didn't see it, but I know that dolphins can kill sharks, so I'm not completely surprised that the biggest dolphin, the orca, can take out a great white. Astonishing that there's footage of such a thing, tho! I'll look for it on youtube.

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  5. hey Pat, I just saw this show in TV about an Orca killing a great white shark. It was amazing ! Have you seen it?

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