Where are you Frankie?
Could you imagine a dolphin asking that to another dolphin?
Well, believe it buster, because it happens down in the ocean all the time.
Scientists have determined that dolphins can communicate with each other, and do so all the time.
The main difference between them and humans? You mean besides the underwater thing?
Bottlenose dolphins use signature whistles instead of words!
Here's what one scientist said:
“Animals produced copies when they were separated from a close associate and this supports our belief that dolphins copy another animal’s signature whistle when they want to reunite with that specific individual."
But unlike humans - these dolphins can communicate with each other over extremely long distances!
One scientist explained:
“A dolphin emits its signature whistle to broadcast its identity and announce its presence, allowing animals to identify one another over large distances and for animals to recognize one another and to join up with each other. Dolphin whistles can be detected up to 20 km away (12.4 miles) depending on water depth and whistle frequency."
The best part is these dolphins can COPY each other's signature whistle sounds. And they never use it to be mean - they only use it for their loved ones!
How cool is that?
[Image via Wikimedia Commons.]
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