If I Could Talk to the Animals… Maybe Soon You Will!

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What would it say if it could?

What would it say if it could? (Source- Wiki Commons)

Imagine working as a dive guide, a dolphin wanders up to you and you ask it if it’s seen any sharks around, “Sure there’s one over there.” it replies. Possibly not so far fetched considering the research being done by a group of American scientists led by Dr Denise Herzing.

Dr Herzing and her team from The Wild Dolphin Project are working on an underwater computer that can recognise dolphin sounds, decipher them and then respond in real time. The team hopes to test the computer off the coast of Florida within the next few weeks. It will use hydrophones to pick up the dolphin sounds and a panel of LED lights to point out the direction they’re coming from. The team will then play back “words” from a list of eight stored in the computer and see if the dolphins mimic them.

Back on shore the scientists will then catalogue the sounds the dolphins make and hopefully begin to establish the building blocks of the dolphins language. Once they have completed this they will then attempt to come up with a language that they can use to talk back to the dolphins using the computer.

Dr Herzing and her colleagues have already managed to form a basic communication with dolphins using sounds, symbols and props but are hoping this new research will take things a step further.

I’m wondering if our politicians would be happy with what they have to say, “Stop making all that noise, throwing all your crap in our home, murdering us and wiping out our food sources!” But then I’m sure they’re well aware of those issues already, perhaps it will take sea life “communicating” to us like in the novel “The Swarm” to get them to pay attention. If you can get hold of a copy it’s a great read by the way.

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published on May 11, 2011 by jason
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