Dolphin language : a scientific evidence !

Whistles and clicks here combined in some kind of « picture words »

Dolphin language : a scientific evidence !

The text that follows is maybe of the most important ever written in this end of the Century and could be compared to a Copernical revolution. For the first time in its history, Humankind must cope with the evidence a of a perfectly elaborated non-human language, endowed with its own syntax and open vocabulary.

It seems now proved that dolphins, belugas, orcas, whales, spermwhales and all other cetaceans are speaking to each other by the means of local dialects that they learned during their childhood.
Of course, we still don’t know WHAT cetaceans are telling but one fact is sure : their language is able to carry concepts and abstract informations and could even be more sophisticated – in the case of bottlenose dolphins – than any known human language. (For this particular question, read : Alexander Zanin and Vladimir Markov’s
study : « The ability of bottlenose dolphins trusiops truncatus to report arbitrary information » in the below mentionned NATO volume)

We choosed to publish only few pages of the global study with some of tables and impressive illustrations, so we engage our readers to go back to the source, which is a quite interesting collective research book issued by the NATO scientific services and Harderwijck dolfinarium.


Vladimir I. Markov and Vera M. Ostrovskaya
A. N. Severtsov Institute of Evolutionary Morphology and Ecology of Animals,
USSR Academy of Sciences,
33 Leninsky Prospect, Moscow 117071,

« Sensory Abilities of Cetaceans : Laboratory and Field Evidence »
Edited by Jeanette A. Thomas and Ronald Kastelein (Harderwijck Dolfinarium)
Series A : Life sciences Vol.196

Dolphin grammar

Le langage des dauphins

Dolphin language : a scientific evidence !

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