Sperm Whales Are Able to Learn Language

10.09.2015

As a result of observations of sperm whales in the vicinity of the Galapagos Islands, biologists have found that each group of cetaceans has a dialect, and they learn it the same way the humans do.

The study has been conducted by experts from the Canadian Dalhousie University for 18 years. Clicking sounds that sperm whales use to communicate, has been recorded, and belonging to different clans has been determined by the shape of the tail, which is unique for each individual. Then the data has been analyzed by a computer program.

Sperm Whales Are Able to Learn Language

It turned out that each clan uses its own version of the language, and this skill is not inherited genetically. Sperm whales imitate their relatives and learn the dialect since childhood. Thus, humans and sperm whales have much in common.