Dolphins Call Each Other by Name!

Wild Dolphin Pair

Wild Dolphin Pair

Wild Dolphin Surfacing

Wild Dolphin Surfacing

A new study published in Discovery News says that dolphins call each other by name! Researchers found that each dolphin has a signature whistle that acts as a name. When separated, dolphins use that whistle to search out and call for the missing dolphin. The complete article is at: (http://news.discovery.com/animals/whales-dolphins/dolphins-call-each-other-by-name-130219.htm).

The attached pictures show wild dolphins at Monkey Mia, Australia (north of Perth). Researchers there have been continuously studying dolphins for over 30 years. The dolphins are famous because they are the only ones in the world known to use tools!

The dolphins carry basket sponges on their beaks, and use them to probe for food on the sea bottom. This technique has been passed down from mother to offspring for at least 180 years. Although tool-using dolphins tend to be solitary and make up only 5% of the population, the latest research says that these “nose-wearing spongers” simply prefer the company of other “spongers”. Fascinating!

More info is at: http://www.sharkbay.org/Monkey_Mia_dolphins.aspx and
http://www.livescience.com/21989-dolphin-sponge-tools-culture.html

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Dolphins Call Each Other by Name!

  1. elisaruland says:

    We keep learning more and more about the dolphins’ intelligence, but it seems as though we’ve only scratched the service of their intelligence!

  2. Pam says:

    It truly is incredible! They have very complex social lives. It is always a thrill to see them!

  3. FeyGirl says:

    I JUST READ about this… So incredibly fascinating!! Hopefully this will help us to respect them that much more, yes?

  4. gpcox says:

    Human beings should be so peaceful (and intelligent).

  5. zannyro says:

    I had NEVER heard of this before! Just amazing!!!!

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