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Talking with animals: 7 examples of interspecies communicationTalking with animals: 7 examples of interspecies communication

Posted By Brooke Borel

Dolphins are “natural acousticians,” according to marine mammal behavioral biologist Denise Herzing. Individuals have signature whistles, just as we have names, and they can also send buzzes and tickles across long distances to physically signal one another. Echolocation clicks help them navigate in the water, and they erupt in bursts of squawks during fights. They […]

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Quoted: Denise Herzing on communicating with extraterrestrialsQuoted: Denise Herzing on communicating with extraterrestrials

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Denise Herzing has spent more than 25 years studying dolphins in the wild, living each summer on a boat in the Bahamas for better access to our finned friends in their natural habitat. Today, in Session 8, she shared her work in using an interactive device to communicate with the dolphins — and let them […]

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The language of dolphins: Denise Herzing at TED2013The language of dolphins: Denise Herzing at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

A dolphin’s brain-to-body-weight ratio is second only to a human’s. They live complex social lives, can understand abstract concepts and even use tools. But as Denise Herzing asks in Session 8 of TED2013, “Do they have a language? If so, what are they talking about?” For 28 years, Herzing has been researching dolphins in the wild, spending five […]

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Coded Meaning: Speakers in Session 8 at TED2013Coded Meaning: Speakers in Session 8 at TED2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Communication in 2013 looks so different from what it ever has before. Will technology be the ruin of all that is good and true in language? We don’t think so. The speakers in this session explore how the future will bring even greater shifts in how we communicate — and it may well be for […]