Dolphins have names

Rebecca Morelle: "Research has revealed that the marine mammals use a unique whistle to identify each other. A team from the University of St Andrews in Scotland found that when the animals hear their own call played back to them, they respond." [PNAS and BBC]

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  1. The next logical question is "do they have names for us?" Maybe Flipper used to think of his trainer as the dolphin word for "Foot."

  2. To the delight of New Agers, dolphins turn out to have names like "Starlight Fin" and "Joy Ocean-Wisdom" and "Bubbles Lovealot." (Although the latter may also be translated as "Farty Long-Estrous.")

  3. I bet they have names like 'Carlos Danger' and 'St John De Courcey'

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