10 Days, 10 Amazing Facts about Dolphins!
Day 8: Dolphin Talk –
Starting from birth, dolphins squawk, whistle, click, and squeak. “Sometimes one dolphin will vocalize and then another will seem to answer,” says Sara Waller, who studies bottlenose dolphins off the California coast. “And sometimes members of a pod vocalize in different patterns at the same time, much like many people chattering at a party.” And just as you gesture and change facial expressions as you talk, dolphins communicate nonverbally through body postures, jaw claps, bubble blowing, and fin caresses.
Scientists think dolphins “talk” about everything from basic facts like their age to their emotional state…
When the going gets tough, for instance, some dolphins call for backup. After being bullied by a duo of bottlenose dolphins, one spotted dolphin returned to the scene the next day with a few pals to chase and harass one of the bully bottlenose dolphins. ” (NatGeo)
See the dolphin parties in the wild at explore.org.