Dancing Dolphin Journal

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Study of Humpback Whale Sounds

I recently read an article titled "Study: Humpback Whales Capable of Emanating 622 Social Sounds; 'Wops'and 'Yaps'" in Underwater Times. You can read the full article here.

What caught my eye was the statement by researcher Rebecca Dunlop from the University of Queensland, Australia, who said, "..the study threw new light on the fact that whales convey more meaning through vocalizations than previously thought. I wouldn't say (whales possess) language, as that's a human term. Whales don't string these sounds together like words and form sentences. It's more like a simple vocabulary."

Hmmmm....what if whales have a way more advanced means of communicating which humans haven't even begun to decipher yet? To me, this is a more likely scenario. We need to catch up with the whales.

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Posted by Kuanyin Moi at Wednesday, November 22, 2006


  • Anonymous danette posted at November 26, 2006  
    I recently heard that whales even have different dialects - don't know whether its true though, but would be interesting if it was.
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