A scientist, for the first time in the history of human civilization, reports to have ‘identified’ the ‘language of an animal – a dolphin’!
Creator of Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry device (CHAT), which is supported by a pair of hydrophones -under water microphones that record sound emanating from under the water, scientist Dr. Denise Herzing has been testing real-life human-to-dolphin translator, has reported that she has recorded her first success as a dolphin announced “Sargassum! – a kind of sea weed to the scientist.
“I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned,” Dr Denise Herzing, the director of the Wild Dolphin Project and creator of the device. Dr. Herzing has been observing a group of bottlenose dolphins for the last twenty five years and has painstakingly identified ‘8’ specific words from the thousands of whistles and clicks they produce, measuring over 200 kilohertz sound frequency.
The scientist has reported her findings and methods to the “New Scientist,” but unless the incident is verified more number of times, it cannot be confirmed. Dolphins are particularly suited for this project as they are highly social animals capable of tool-use and self-recognition in the mirror, use signature whistles to refer to individuals within a pod and echolocation clicks as sonar, bouncing sounds off their environment as a hunting aid.
Watch Dr. Herzing explain her work on a TED talk here…