Scientists Are Serenading Dolphins In An Effort To Communicate

Summoning dolphins with a flute might seem like something fresh out of The Legend of Zelda – but in Australia, scientists are doing exactly this to see if music can serve as a gateway language for communicating with cetaceans.

The experiment took to the water to serenade dolphins in Port Stephens, New South Wales, in December 2021, led by researchers from The Australian National University,

High-pitched frequencies of several instruments plus singing were a smash hit for the dolphins, with the higher register of the flute, piccolo, and recorder players as well as an opera singer attracting an engaged audience.

The range of instruments was crucial, say the researchers, as instruments like the flute reach frequencies closer to the vocalizations of dolphins that are well beyond the limitations of the human voice.


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