Dolphins Have Names

Apparently Bottlenose Dolphins use specific “whistles” to speak, greet or acknowledge other individual or groups of Dolphins. How cool is that? We knew they were clever,  yet it never occurred to me specific and uniquely individual names were part of the equation.

Dr. Tess Gridley of the University of Pretoria and Namibian Dolphin Project and Sea Search listened to hours of  hydrophone recordings (underwater microphone) – dolphins used “signature whistles” when approaching or calling for each other.

“We found that the number of different signature whistles recorded increased when group sizes were larger and when calves were present – something you might expect if signature whistles are used to address each other and help maintain contact between animals, particularly between mothers and calves.” – Dr. Tess Gridley

At first glance not a particularly earth shaking ponder. That said, and with polite hope you allow conventional perspectives to wander ever so slightly – who’s to say mankind takes home all the evolutionary blue ribbons. For all we know, Dolphins shake their heads while snickering “you poor misguided fools”. Would it be preposterous to consider extraordinary evolution amongst species other than ourselves?



4 thoughts on “Dolphins Have Names

  1. I’ve always suspected dolphins communicated in ways we did not understand; plus I think they’re far more intelligent than we give them credit for. I like larryjben’s comment that they’ll rule the world after we’re gone. After reading this, I decided to add a dolphin to the cast of animal characters in my children’s fantasy story.

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