An update in very important whale/dolphin friendship news

You guys! Remember yesterday, when we learned that dolphins and whales in Hawaii have twice been caught spontaneously playing together? Apparently, this gets better. Dolphins in a French aquarium seem to be "speaking" whale—making whale-sounding noises at night that mimic the actual whale noises they hear all day on the soundtrack to the aquarium dolphin show they perform in. These dolphins have never met real whales. But dolphins are known mimics and it seems that they're capable of practicing and improving on mimicked sounds hours after the sound has gone away. (Via Mindy Weisberger)

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  1. It’s like the scene in The Forbin Project where Colossus starts talking to Guardian. We’re so screwed.

  2. Apparently, this gets better. Dolphins in a French aquarium seem to be “speaking” whale—making whale-sounding noises at night that mimic the actual whale noises they hear all day on the soundtrack to the aquarium dolphin show they perform in. These dolphins have never met real whales. 

    Or those dolphins have been driven mad.

  3. Perhaps Inter-Species Communication is an indicator of the overall rapid evolution which is currently invigorating the planet…

    When we see the “Inter-Species Olympic Games” advertised, we’ll know for sure!

  4. I’d say I’m speechless, if it weren’t such an atrocious pun… But yeah, apparent interspecies communication… Though it is left unclear and perhaps impossible to know if the dolphins *know* they are “speaking whale”….  Astounding, in any case.

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