Will The 'Dolphin Speaker' Be The Key To Communicating With The Marine Mammals?

By Meera Dolasia on May 27, 2012

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The quest to communicate with dolphins began the moment scientists realized how intelligent these marine mammals are. Over the years, researchers have experimented with various strategies, ranging from giving them iPads to even developing a two way Rosetta Stone like language translation system. Now, they have come up with yet another strategy - A Dolphin Speaker.

Developed by a team of scientists from the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology in collaboration with tech company Fusion, the underwater speaker is able to record not only the mammals' low frequency clicks, squeals and whistles, but also, the high frequency sounds that the human ear is unable to pick up. More importantly, it can play them all back at a frequency that is audible to humans - Something that has never been possible, until now.

Once they have recorded the entire range of sounds produced by dolphins, the scientists are planning to play it back to the mammals and try decipher what they are 'saying', by gauging their reaction to each squeal, whistle and click!

The prototype speaker currently in development, is capable of capturing this wide range thanks to piezoelectric elements that have never been used for underwater acoustic transducers, prior to this. Once complete, it will be capable of capturing and re-producing frequencies ranging from 7 Hz to 170 kHz - The entire span of sounds produced by the marine mammal that has one of the highest frequency ranges of hearing, amongst all living organisms. In comparison, humans can only hear frequencies that range from 20 Hz to 20 KHz.

While we are still trying to figure out what these smart animals are saying they have been fairly successful in learning the basic elements of the human language and can follow instructions even, when they are delivered on television.

Resources: dailymail.co.uk, gizmag.co.uk, pospsci.com

 

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  • Mary Holmes Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 6:46 am
    Cool
    • bluelillian
      bluelillianSaturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm
      that is like sooooo cool!
      • angielea
        angieleaFriday, May 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm
        Cool!
        • dulce
          dulceTuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:22 am
          JUST LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!! ... 0.O
          • whyWednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:59 am
            i understand that its cool it souds a little fishy.................................................................................
            • dolfinlover1023Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:51 am
              i do real wish that dolins could talk to us that would be aswome
              • Go dolphins lolThursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm
                Go dolphins lol
                • cupcakeThursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm
                  that so adorable
                  • KESHAWednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm
                    SO HALARIOS AND FUN TO LEARN ABOUT
                    • jame
                      jameThursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm
                      I love them Lol
                      • jame
                        jameThursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm
                        I love you jaime

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