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Dolphin

The dolphin language

Dolphins have the size of the brain larger than the rest of the animals. These mammals, like their sisters, the whales, reason and it is because they have a layer that covers the brain, so that they are smarter than the rest.

All of us have always been attracted to this skill they have to make funny pirouettes in the air and many more performances that we amazingly have been accustomed to see, but what is really interesting is the language they use to communicate

A small sector of the population understands what we need from each of these species to maintain the natural balance of our area, but there is still a lot to be done.

They communicate in different ways depending on their place of birth. This helps scientists to geologically locate them. Each family and each area uses a different language. Families are made up of more than 100 dolphins. It could be said that they use dialects, they all understand each other, but have variants. They employ two types of language: 1 ‘verbal’, the emission of whistles through their blowholes, 2 ‘series of clicks’ that produce a communication system similar to that of a radar. Whistles are unintelligible by humans because of the tone and frequency they use, they are 10 times higher than ours. The human interacts with the mammal mainly with the hands.

After more than 20 years of experience with dolphins, Alex Garcia has a close relationship with the most intelligent marine mammals. The coach of tursiops truncatus ‘bottlenose’, leaves us perplexed when he tells us that there is also a kind of body language that they have learned through observation, for example, if the dolphin is sad, he remains swimming at the bottom, sounds are tenuous accompanied by small bubbles. On the contrary, if he is happy he jumps and makes many sounds, they swim very fast and collect small stones and corals to show their joy. Alex Garcia can give them orders with the hands that they obey to obtain his prize, sometimes food and other simply caresses. They are very friendly animals and strongly dependence on the man. He tells us that they are extremely social that’s why they constantly need company. They are not aggressive and follow a hierarchy.

The dolphins, elphants and primates are the only animals that identified themselves in front of a mirror

We know that they reason and memorize, have their own language and communicate with us in many ways.

They love to learn and they are certainly great imitators. Sometimes you work with a dolphin in captivity and the animal next to its tank automatically learns exactly the same it is doing, the first one uses memory but the second is pure imitation. They know how to orient themselves without use their vision because they use the same mechanism as bats ‘ECO’, so they can find their food even in dark areas or search it when is hidden in the sand.

They communicate to warn each other against threats and even to obtain better results in their food capture. They use high-frequency sounds to disorient fish banks and thus, catch more numbers of them. Their fishing techniques are sophisticated catching a fish and using it as bait to attract the larger ones, these are the main features that set them apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.

Why are they so intelligent?

The human ear cannot perceive the sounds that cetaceans use to communicate themselves but you can feel it, Alex Garcia tells us that he has been able to experience it, they are like soft touches.

Alex’s admiration for this highly intelligent and friendly mammal is contagious. We understand the reason why our ancestors left evidence of friendship with them as the engravings of the Apollo God depicted by a dolphin and created the oracle of Belfos ‘City of the Dolphin’ or like the son of Ulysses who was saved from drowning by a dolphin.

Will they ever understand us? Is the belief that the day that a human being fails as a king, does nature have a backup?

In any of the beliefs and legends, the dolphin always friendly accompanies us and although, we do not understand their language today, it seems that they want to learn ours.

Text: Antonia Guerrero; Photos: Dolphin Island Manati Park

Tags: Fauna and Flora

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