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QUICK RECAP: A study published last month shows that dolphins may be calling each other by abstract names they have "assigned" to those they are close to. Researchers found that dolphins that were familiar with each other for a significant amount of time would mimic the whistle of another in that group when they were separated.Whistle copying was not found in dolphins that happened to cross paths in the wild, the report said."These whistles actually turned out to be names. They're abstract names, which is unheard of in the animal kingdom beyond people," said Randall Wells, one of the authors of a new study on dolphin behavior.
So we already knew that dolphins are smart - and are in fact one of the smartest animals on the planet. (Smarter in fact, than some humans I have the pleasure of knowing.) This is just a new piece of the puzzle. Which makes you wonder: Exactly HOW smart are they? Like...do I need to be scared?
Maggie - Mommy to Marlowe & Willamina