"Dolphins have been observed chattering while cooperating to solve a tricky puzzle."

Do you speak Dolphin?

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Tue, May 3rd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the New Scientist, researchers noted that when presented with a puzzle requiring a partner to succeed, dolphins used unique vocalisations to "solve a cooperative task." The results of the experiments may imply that dolphins have a form of language they can use to communicate with each other.

But the real surprise came from recordings of the vocalisations the dolphins made during the experiment. The team found that when the dolphins worked together to open the canister, they made more vocalisations than they did while opening the canister on their own or when there was either no canister present or no interaction with the canister in the pool. Importantly, the researchers were able to show that the increase in chatter was directly related to the canister-opening task as opposed to social interactions between the dolphins.

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