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Dolphin Talk

Two different species of dolphins-- Bottlenose and Guyana--often meet in the waters off the coast of Costa Rica. Bottlenose dolphins emit longer, lower frequency calls, while the Guyana dolphins use higher frequency whistles (it's the equivalent of a French speaker and an English speaker getting together and trying to communicate). The dolphins' solution: create a NEW language. In BBC News, Matt Walker quotes biologist Laura May-Collado as saying, "I wouldn't be surprised that they can modify their signals to mimic, and even possibly communicate with other species. Particularly when their home ranges force them to interact on a daily basis." Art credit: Dreamstime.com



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