Sarasota Dolphin Study Shows that Dolphins Have Names

The study, conducted in Sarasota Bay, identified patterns in which whistles function as individual names.

Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory and the Chicago Zoological Society conducted this groundbreaking study. One such scientist is Dr. Randall Wells, a leading expert in dolphin research. Dr. Wells explains that the basis for the “signature whistle” idea began in the mid-sixties. This study has finally confirmed what these scientists have suspected all along, and opened the door to further exploration of dolphin communication.





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