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(Photo Credit: Bethany Augliere, Courtesy of the Wild Dolphin Project)

Denise Herzing has been studying the same pod of wild dolphins for 30 years. Every summer, she and the dolphins are reunited. But this summer, things are a little different—this summer, with help from Thad Starner (one of the inventors of Google Glass), she's testing a new device that could change the conversation for good. 

Comments [5]

NBE from NJ

Hello, Radiolab---

I am not a regular listener, and am not particularly science-oriented. I lean toward the arts, lean hard. But I just happened to catch this dolphin story, and hearing the clicks and other sounds was an experience of true awe, which I don't think I ever had before. Thank you so much.

NBE

Oct. 04 2015 01:03 PM
Dave C from Hawaii

I'm not an animal rights activist but listening to the story made me sad at what sounded like a very abusive relationship to the dolphin. I just read that when the experiment ended, the lab was closed down.

"Without funding, the fate of the dolphins was in question. They were shipped to Lilly’s other lab, in a disused bank building in Miami, Florida. It was a far cry from the relative freedom and comfortable surroundings of Dolphin House.
In Miami, Peter quickly deteriorated, and after a few weeks Margaret received the shocking news that Peter had committed suicide by refusing to breathe, and sinking to the bottom of his tank."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2653422/The-woman-taught-dolphin-speak-fallen-love-her.html

Oct. 03 2015 04:43 PM
Sue from Idaho

This was awesome! I think that if we really want to learn the dolphin language then this machinery should be used with dolphins in captivity so they can be worked with daily throughout the year. Then it won't take 50 years to have a conversation.

Oct. 03 2015 04:01 PM
John from US

With the exception of Denise, everyone on this trip sounds very annoying.

Oct. 01 2015 11:29 AM
ST from California

Wow, wow, wow. Thank you for this! What a treat.

Oct. 01 2015 01:01 AM

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