Evidence That Dolphins Use Names

July 24th, 2013

Researchers have found more evidence that dolphins may refer to each other using names:

For decades, scientists have been fascinated by dolphins’ so-called signature whistles: distinctive vocal patterns learned early and used throughout life. The purpose of these whistles is a matter of debate, but new research shows that dolphins respond selectively to recorded versions of their personal signatures, much as a person might react to someone calling their name.

Our treatment (abuse) of dolphins and whales is going to be one of those things that when people look back on it in the future, they’ll wonder what the hell was wrong with us.