Why sound in the sea is important?
Dolphins probably rely on sound production and reception
to navigate, communicate, and hunt in dark or murky waters.
Under these conditions, sight is of little use.
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- Toothed whales can produce sounds for two functions:
communicating and navigating. A bottlenose dolphin can communicate
and navigate at the same time.
- Sounds are probably produced by movements of air in the
trachea and nasal sacs. During some vocalizations, bottlenose
dolphins actually release air from the blowhole, but scientists
believe that these bubble trails and clouds are a visual
display and not necessary for producing sound.
- Bottlenose dolphins produce clicks and sounds that resemble
moans, trills, grunts, squeaks, and creaking doors. They
also produce whistles. They make these sounds at any time
and at considerable depths. The sounds vary in volume, wavelength,
frequency, and pattern.
- Bottlenose dolphins identify themselves with a signature
whistle. However, scientists have found no evidence of a
dolphin language (Caldwell, Caldwell, and Tyack, 1990).
- A mother dolphin may whistle to her calf almost continuously
for several days after giving birth. This acoustic imprinting
helps the calf learn to identify its mother
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