Thursday, July 25, 2024

Dolphins Learn Each Others’ Names To Make Teams


If you didn’t think dolphins were terrific enough already, they have just climbed a little higher on the amazing ladder.

A new study has found that dolphins learn the names (signature whistles) of their closest allies. It also found that this skill helps dolphins form teams. Researchers determined that dolphins can recall the names of up to a dozen individuals and can form teams of up to 14 individuals.

Commenting on the research which has been going on since 2016, the lead author Stephanie King stated:

“It was so striking. In 90% of experiments, dolphins who heard whistles of second-order alliance members turned immediately and directly toward the speaker.”

This could mean that dolphins have a human-like “social concept of team membership, based on an individual’s previous cooperative investment, rather than how good friends they are.”

The research mainly studied the whistles, interaction and cooperation between male dolphins. Scientists know that female dolphins whistle, too, so the question arises of what are they talking about?

You can learn more here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for