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Researchers discover dolphins call each other by name

With the complex vocalizations of the bottlenose dolphin, scientists have suspected that the sea mammals may have “names” for each other to distinguish individuals, and now it looks like that has been confirmed. But what do dolphins name each other? Hopefully something cooler than Jennifer or Cody.

According to researchers working with scientists at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, this finding makes dolphins the only other living beings on the planet other than humans to assign such specific monikers to known family members and associates. Researcher Stephanie King, of the University of St. Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit, said, “animals produced copies [of sounds] when they were separated from a close associate and this supports our belief that dolphins copy another animal’s signature whistle when they want to reunite with that specific individual.” The scientists believe the name assignments are limited to particular groups. King continues, “interestingly, signature whistle copying was only found in pairs of animals composed of mothers and their calves or adult males who form long-term alliances with one another.”

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    How awesome is this?
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    Probably more like AwesomemcRapist and De HumanDrowner
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    We can now all safely assume that dolphins talk shit behind the average human’s back
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    Knowing what assholes dolphins are, it’s probably names like “Cocksucker” and “Fuckface”.
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    Mothafuckin SCIENCE.
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