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Divers Attempt to Communicate With Wild Dolphins, Using A Two-Way Translation Device


Dolphins can understand more than 100 words, decipher human instructions and even use iPads to learn basic communication skills. But that’s kind of unfair on the part of us humans, don’t you think? Shouldn’t dolphins be able to ask for more smelt without learning our sign language or using our gadgets?

A researcher in Florida aims to meet the mammals in the middle, creating a new language that both humans and dolphins can understand.

Denise Herzing, founder of the Wild Dolphin Project in Jupiter, Fla., and Thad Starner, an artificial intelligence researcher at Georgia Tech, developed a project called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT). Researchers will test a prototype device this summer, reports New Scientist.

It involves a small computer encased in a waterproof shell and two hydrophones capable of detecting the full frequency of dolphin sounds, which can be up to 10 times higher than the highest pitch a person can hear. A diver will strap the computer to his or her chest, using a handheld device to select which sound to make in reply. 

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