When we figure out how to communicate with dolphins pretty soon, these are some good questions to ask: Why don't you feel any pain when you're hurt? Can you teach us how to regrow missing body parts? And can you teach us how to sense electricity?
These are some of the latest impressive attributes we humans have learned about dolphins.
Dolphins can understand more than 100 words, decipher human instructions and even use iPads to learn basic communication skills. But that’s kind of unfair on the part of us humans, don’t you think? Shouldn’t dolphins be able to ask for more smelt without learning our sign language or using our gadgets?
Californian sea lions have become U.S. Navy recruits alongside dolphins and human divers, as seen in this amazing picture. The Daily Telegraph reports that this particular fellow put on a display for officials at the NATO Underwater Research Center in La Spezia Bay, Italy.
The new Canine Cognition Lab at Harvard University is studying how dogs behave and how they comprehend the world around them. (Note: if you live in the area, they're also recruiting subjects.)
Also in today's links: deafened dolphins, tailing elephants, and Paul Rudd.
A woman's desire to advertise her vegan lifestyle on her car license plate was shot down by the Colorado DMV, who read a much less appropriate meaning into the letters.
Also in today's links: communication between dolphins, understanding music between cultures, and more.
A device used by the British Navy to mark minefields has been repurposed to keep sonar-equipped marine animals out of fishing nets
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.19.2008 at 5:10 pm 0 Comments
In the past decade, navies have been roundly criticized for extensively testing active sonar due to its potentially detrimental affect on marine life. Military-grade active sonar sends out a powerfully loud low-frequency signal with a range anywhere from tens to hundreds of miles under water. The effect on whales has been well documented—its akin to you or I standing next to a jet engine without ear protection.