Whales can speak dolphin! Who knew?!

A new paper from the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego shows that killer whales who were held with bottlenose dolphins were able to produce vocalizations similar to those of their dolphin companions. (Maybe language isn’t just a people thing after all..) More interesting still, one whale even produced chirps like dolphins which fell within the range of individual differences for dolphins themselves, suggesting that not only can whales be second language learners, but that, through immersion, they, too, can achieve native-like proficiency! Very cool.


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