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Dolphins ‘talk’ like humans + efforts at a translator Dolphins ‘talk’ like humans + efforts at a translator Posted by Xeno on September 8, 2011 A study in which recordings of dolphins made in the 1970s were re-analysed has revealed that dolphins talk to each other in a manner very similar to human speech, using tissue vibrations.The study by biologists at Aarhus University in Denmark concentrated on the dolphin’s whistle, which was believed to be produced by the resonance of air in the dolphin’s nasal air cavities. This would have implications for how dolphins communicate at depth — increased air pressure would affect the size of the nasal air cavities and therefore the pitch of the sounds they can make. Instead, the team discovered that the dolphin’s whistle isn’t in fact a whistle at all; but a sound produced by tissue vibrations. …They found that the pitch did not change between the whistles produced in Heliox and the normal whistles.
Elephant Makes a Stool—First Known Aha Moment for Species Elephant Makes a Stool—First Known Aha Moment for Species In an apparent flash of insight, a young Asian elephant in a zoo turned a plastic cube into a stool—and a tool—a new study says. That eureka moment is the first evidence that pachyderms can run problem-solving scenarios in their heads, then mentally map out an effective solution, and finally, put the plan into action, researchers say. Video: Kandula the Elephant's Aha Moment Correction to video title: Action shown is not first instance of Kandula exhibiting this behavior. During the study seven-year-old Kandula was eager to reach a cluster of fruit attached to a branch that was suspended from a wire, just out of reach. After some apparent thought, the young male rolled a large plastic cube under the branch and stepped up to snatch the treat with his trunk—a feat he repeated several times over multiple days with the cube and with a tractor tire.
Posted by Anonymous on July 27, 2011 A South American dolphin is the first “true mammal” to sense prey by their electric fields, scientists suggest.The researchers first showed that structures on the animal’s head were probably sensory organs, then found it could detect electric fields in water.Electroreception is well known in fish and amphibians, but until now the only mammal example was the platypus.Writing in the Royal Society’s journal Proceedings B, the scientists say other cetaceans may show the same ability.The Guiana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) lives around the east coast of South America, and resembles the much more common bottlenose variety.Like all of the toothed cetaceans, it hunts and locates using sound.But the researchers have now shown that at close range, it can also sense electrical signals.They are not as sensitive as sharks and rays, but can detect signals of the same size as those produced in water when fish move their muscles. Dolphin hunts with electric sense Dolphin hunts with electric sense
FOR NEARLY 90 YEARS the only testament to the existence of the Bornean rainbow toad - pictured above - were a few sketches of the weird spindly legged creature penned in 1924 by the European explorers who discovered it. Since then the animal had never been seen again, leading many to believe it had become extinct, and the IUCN placed it on their list of the 'World's Top 10 Most Wanted Lost Frogs'. But after an 87-year wait, the psychedelic amphibian (Ansonia latidisca) has been spotted once more - and this time photographed in exquisite detail. According to Conservation International, which released the images this week, three of the toads were discovered last year in the dense forest of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Dr. Indraneil Das of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, led an expedition in mid-2010 to explore the 1,300m-high ridges of the Gunung Penrissen range of Western Sarawak, which forms a natural border with the Indonesian part of Borneo. Psychedelic frog comes back from the deads Psychedelic frog comes back from the deads
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BBC Nature - Lizard has problem-solving skills BBC Nature - Lizard has problem-solving skills 13 July 2011Last updated at 08:33 By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature The lizard used a novel "head-butting" technique to retrieve its treat A vibrant green tree-dwelling lizard has surprised scientists with its mental prowess by succeeding in a problem-solving test.
A gorilla at the UK's Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust was recently given a video camera, and you can see the results in the video up top. Honestly, the gorilla's cinematography is way more coherent than most action movies. Not to be outdone by a bunch of macaque photography enthusiasts, staff at the Jersey wildlife trust gave an HD camera to a 27-year-old Silverback gorilla named Ya Kwanza. The camera was covered in oats and honey to attract Ya Kwanza's attention, and it was encased in an indestructible box so that the gorilla couldn't have too fun with it. Keeper Jon Stark explains how he got the idea: Gorilla is given a video camera, awesomeness ensues Gorilla is given a video camera, awesomeness ensues
This is the first ever photo of a fish using tools This is the first ever photo of a fish using tools This blackspot tuskfish, found in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, held a clam in its mouth and smashed it against a rock to reach the food inside. This photo is the first incontrovertible proof that fish are capable of tool use. While tool use was once seen as a uniquely human behavior, decades of animal observation has proven just how wrong that really was. We've seen primates, crows, and maybe even octopuses show signs of tool use. But outside of mammals, birds, and octopuses, tool use is close to unknown.
July Fourth tragedy: Dolphins 'carried Luis Arturo Polanco Morales' body to shore' By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 09:02 GMT, 6 July 2011 July Fourth weekend ended in tragedy for one family when a man drowned after being caught in an undertow. The body of 47-year-old Luis Arturo Polanco Morales, of Denham Springs, was found by authorities about ten to 15 feet from the shore line. July Fourth tragedy: Dolphins 'carried Luis Arturo Polanco Morales' body to shore'
7 July 2011Last updated at 00:37 By Matt Walker Editor, BBC Nature Panzee, a chimp with a talent for words A talented chimpanzee called Panzee can recognise distorted and incomplete words spoken by a computer, scientists have discovered. That suggests that apes may be more capable of perceiving spoken sounds than previously thought, and that the common ancestor of humans and chimps may also have had this ability. It also refutes the idea that humans have brains uniquely adapted to process speech, say the scientists who have published their findings in the journal Current Biology. BBC Nature - Chimp recognises synthetic speech BBC Nature - Chimp recognises synthetic speech
By Daily Mail Reporter Created: 10:08 GMT, 4 July 2011 To capture the perfect wildlife image, you usually have to be in exactly the right place at precisely the right time. But in this instance, David Slater wasn’t there at all and he still got a result. Black macaque takes self-portrait: Monkey borrows photographer's camera Black macaque takes self-portrait: Monkey borrows photographer's camera
How humpback whales catch prey with bubble nets Marine biologist David Wiley of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others report in the latest issue of Behaviour how humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine catch prey with advanced water technology. Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are large baleen whales (up to 14 m long) that feed on a small prey in dense concentrations, such as krill or herrings. Humpbacks whales have large flukes relative to their size providing greater thrust for quick maneuvers. While other baleen whales feed by swimming rapidly forward, humpbacks are adapted for fine-scale movement to create bubble nets. Behaviorally, humpback whales capture prey by engaging in complex feeding maneuvers that are often accompanied by the apparently directed use of air bubble clouds (the production of single or multiple bursts of seltzer-sized bubbles) to corral or herd fish.
Orangutan saves drowning chick A visitor to US zoo, captured moment when a 15 stone ape mounted a delicate rescue of the young bird, tenderly lifting it from the water using a leaf.The curious ape was in its enclosure, when it noticed the bird’s struggle in the pondIt yanked a leaf from a nearby bush and extended its arm out to the bird, beckoning to the chick in the hope that it will latch onto the leaf.Onlookers cheered as orangutan managed to get the bird to grip the leaf for a split second only to have the bird drop again.In a last-ditch attempt to rescue the chick, the orangutan gently waved the leaf in front of the bird which managed to latch on to it.The ape plucked the bird from the water to the delight of the crowd.
Dolphins use double sonar Posted by Anonymous on June 7, 2011 Dolphins and porpoises use echolocation for hunting and orientation. By sending out high-frequency sound, known as ultrasound, dolphins can use the echoes to determine what type of object the sound beam has hit. Researchers from Sweden and the US have now discovered that dolphins can generate two sound beam projections simultaneously. “The beam projections have different frequencies and can be sent in different directions. The advantage is probably that the dolphin can locate the object more precisely”, says Josefin Starkhammar, a newly examined doctor in Electrical Measurements at Lund University, who also holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Physics.The study, which was carried out together with scientists from San Diego, was published in the latest issue of the journal Biology Letters.

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