A lovely gem of a story sent in by one of our Secret Agents of Døøm, Dr. Joseph Albietz. Now, I can't possibly imagine how this might be relevant to the Siglerverse, can you? (wink-wink, nudge-nudge).
Talk with a dolphin via underwater translation machine
Story (click here for the rest of the story from New Scientist):
A DIVER carrying a computer that tries to recognise
dolphin sounds and generate responses in real time will soon attempt to
communicate with wild dolphins off the coast of Florida. If the bid is
successful, it will be a big step towards two-way communication between
humans and dolphins.
Since the 1960s, captive dolphins have
been communicating via pictures and sounds. In the 1990s, Louis Herman
of the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii, found
that bottlenose dolphins can keep track of over 100 different words.
They can also respond appropriately to commands in which the same words
appear in a different order, understanding the difference between "bring
the surfboard to the man" and "bring the man to the surfboard", for
But communication in most of these
early experiments was one-way, says Denise
Herzing, founder of the Wild Dolphin Project in Jupiter, Florida.
"They create a system and expect the dolphins to learn it, and they do,
but the dolphins are not empowered to use the system to request things
from the humans," she says.