Understanding the Language of Our Underwater Friends

By Stacey
Feb 26, 2016 · 3 min

Sometimes we humans believe that we’re the only members of the animal kingdom who have the intelligence to develop our own separate language.

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Sometimes we humans believe that we’re the only members of the animal kingdom who have the intelligence to develop our own separate language. Obviously we have a distinct advantage because we already have approximately 4,000 languages, but we should remember that under the sea there are other voices calling out to us, anxious to join the club. Perhaps these voices might be able to offer us clues on how our own language abilities have developed!

The Incredible Intelligence of Dolphins

Everyone knows that dolphins have an amazing intelligence, but perhaps we often ignore their rather incredible ability to communicate. When we start to look into their language we understand that their means of communication is much more advanced than just a system of clicks, calls and pulsing whistles. In addition, their eco-location system is way too advanced for us simple humans to understand. Dolphins travel in groups, and each group develops its own system of codes and sounds. These are known as dialects, and they’re part of a learned language, rather than an innate language as in the case of birdsongs. In fact, recent research has confirmed that each and every dolphin has its own sound which serves as its name, and it’s the method by which they identify each other: they respond only to this personal identification.

The Orca – The Smartest of All!

Now, if reading about developing names and dialects sounds a little similar to humans, then take a look at the orca – the dolphin’s big sister. We know them as Killer Whales, and train them to do flips and tricks in water parks, but in reality these magnificent animals are possibly the smartest animals in our kingdom (after humans). They possess all the communication skills of dolphins, except that they go even further. They’re the only known animal that, besides developing distinct dialects, are able to modify these dialects throughout their lives, dependent on their specific needs and the social groups to which they belong.

We now know that killer whales have the ability to mimic languages of other species, and this includes dolphins, in order to communicate with them. This means that their prey has little or no chance against the orca’s impeccable synchronised attacks and hunting strategies – all due to their advanced language capabilities!

Will Humans Ever Understand Underwater Languages?

Imagine if the human race could both understand and translate these underwater languages! What a huge turning point this would be in our own history and development.  And if we were able to translate underwater languages, One Hour Translation would be right there, ready to take your instructions! So, until this time, why not send all your other translation instructions to us and allow us to offer you an obligation free quotation.

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