Researchers noticed two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, Yasha and Yana, at the Karadag Nature Reserve in Feodosia, Ukraine engaging in what seemed to be a human-like conversation between two individuals. Even though it has long been believed that dolphins use clicks and whistles to communicate, it is the first time technology has been able to allow us to record and witness a conversation. One dolphin would begin a series of different clicks and whistles and finish without interruption. The other dolphin would listen before replying with its own series of clicks and whistles. While scientists were able to identify that certain whistle patterns represent words as we know them they were not yet able to understand the conversation, but it is a step in the right direction.
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Submitted by MMRT Members Emily H. and Megan H.
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