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Thursday, May 09, 2024

A recent analysis of a sperm whale's vocalizations suggests variations in 'clicks' represent a kind of alphabet that forms the basis of a complex communication system.


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Members of the conservation initiative Project CETI discovered series of clicks less than 2 seconds in length act as codas " basic units (phonemes) of cetacean speech.

The highly social mammals have previously been heard identifying themselves with unique patterns of clicking, but this is the first time a combinatorial and context-dependent structure has been demonstrated.


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we're probably like the 3rd smartest mammal on the planet in reality... I give the top spot to Octopi, then dolphins. Make it 4th, these whales probably top most of us too.

#1 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2024-05-11 02:04 PM | Reply

They don't hide it, we're just too stupid to understand it.

I'm confident some emerging AI will be able to make sense of what the whales are saying.

And if it's "I can't breathe" I'm confident Conservatives will say they whales are lying.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-05-11 02:08 PM | Reply

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