Discovery shares the findings. "The researchers said dolphins copy the signature whistles of loved ones, such as a mother or close male buddy, when the two are apart. These 'names' were never emitted in aggressive or antagonistic situations and were only directed toward loved ones."

11 Responses to “Dolphins call to one another by name”

  1. theophrastvs says:

    so all they have to do is record that, play it back and then they’ll have “whaaat??”

    • Mordicai says:

      There was a guy who DID that, right?  He basically dragged a waterproof soundboard with him SCUBA diving & would record, remix, & playback what the dolphins were “saying” to him.

  2. I think they’re reaching a little bit with that analysis.

  3. wysinwyg says:

    I think they’re really playing the glass bead game.

  4. Brainspore says:

    “I’ve told those assholes a hundred times that my name is click-click-whistle-click-shriek-pop-whistle-click, but for some reason they still insist on calling me ‘Flipper.’”

  5. bcsizemo says:

    Anyone made any progress on those whale songs yet?  I mean time is running out people.

  6. Jenn Chlebus says:

     I don’t know about dolphins, but if I say someone’s name when they aren’t around, I am talking ABOUT them. So I think a simpler conclusion would be, “Cetaceans gots Gossip.”

  7. Joel Emmett says:

    Hmm, my research was suggesting they were saying something like, “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

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