The volume of new cetacean communications discoveries seems to be increasing by leaps & bounds. In recent months scientists have learned that, just like humans, dolphins have individual names that they use when talking with each other. And similarly, they’ve determined that dolphins listen in on each other’s conversations and dolphins even gossip about one another.
Now, research on about 120 bottlenose dolphins in the River Shannon near Carrigaholt, County Clare in Ireland conducted by Simon Berrow and other marine biologists at the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation has established that groups of dolphins have distinctive vocalizations pertaining to their location, or what amounts to unique regional dialectic accents.
Right, similar to the charming Irish brogue that you hear mimiced around every St. Patrick’s Day, scientists have discovered that Irish dolphins have a different accent than that of those found in other waters.
Ah, ’tis grand, indeed. Faith and begora, what’s next?