Wonder if they speak Welsh? Whales from different pods ‘talk’ to each in different accents based on where they grew up

Killer Whales in the Wild

March 7, 2016

After studying long finned pilot whales (stock image), researchers have detected dialect differences similar to the way humans from a specific location or tribal group will have their own vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. And they are honing on identifying which dialect comes from which region

There are said to be more than 55 accents in the UK alone, not to mention the thousands found in other countries.

But new research suggests we’re not the only ones who talk to each other in a range of dialects.

After studying long-finned pilot whales, researchers have detected dialect differences similar to the way humans from a specific location have their own vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.

And they are honing on identifying which dialect comes from which region.

‘Previous studies have classified whale vocalisations mainly based on how humans perceive sounds or which aspects of a sound spectrum they find important, so they may be overlooking audio features that only whales are attuned to,’ the team wrote in its paper.

The team followed six separate groups of long-finned pilot whales, through the waters off the coast of Norway, and recorded several hundred calls from each group.

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