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15 Apr

New Device Enables Scientists To Converse With Dolphins

A baby Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and mother swim together in the seas near Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (Photo by Horizons/UIG via Getty Images)

Humans are one step closer to communicating with dolphins, after scientists successfully interacted with dolphins using an underwater audio device, according to news outlets.

Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry, or Chat, enables scientists to emit audio that resembles the sounds dolphins make in the water. While the microphones do not translate the dolphin sounds into human language, it allows scientists to “speak” in clicks and high-pitched whistles that can be used to teach dolphins new commands and vocabulary, according to The Independent.

Wild Dolphin Project director, Dr. Denise Herzing, invented Chat and has already developed eight “words” that use dolphin vocalizations to describe things familiar to the animal, including seaweed and wave boat ride. She will continue to develop Chat with Thad Starner, the director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

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