Killer whales learn to speak dolphin

The largest dolphins have figured out how to chat to an entirely different species

We all know killer whales are intelligent, but cross-species communication is a bridge that even humans haven’t crossed. Killer whales that associate with dolphins have begun to alter their vocal patterns to make their conversations easier for dolphins to follow.

The whales in question performed more clicks and fewer long-range calls to mimic dolphin conversation. They even learned completely new sounds that killer whales don’t usually make, like a complex series of chirps. Listen to the clips below to hear the difference between these two underwater mammals.

In this first video we hear dolphin clicks and whistles, so make sure your volume is turned up.

 

Listen to the vocal range of a killer whale in this next short clip.

 

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