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A Dolphin Uprising Doesn’t Sound So Bad

A Dolphin Uprising Doesn’t Sound So Bad

As we know, dolphins are a bunch of geniuses. They have a complex language. They have a diverse social structure. They swim in schools. But scientists are now saying dolphins might be even smarter than we ever thought, using a complex method of non-linear equation to interpret their sonars while hunting. Professor Tim Leighton, a professor of ultrasonics and underwater acoustics, says that the dolphins fire off two “clicks,” one with a value that can be understood as “1,” and the second with a value of one-third of the first. “So, provided the dolphin remembers what the ratios of the two pulses were, and can multiply the second echo by that and add the echoes together, it can make the fish ‘visible’ to its sonar,” Leighton told Discovery News. “This is detection enhancement.” The dolphin then subtracts the echos from each other and, well, let’s just say it looks like dolphin’s survival depends on them performing the kind of math that makes our heads fall off just to read about. So, might as well group them into the list of creatures that could subjugate us to their every whim. And, let’s be honest, things could be worse. “Planet of the Dolphins” sounds downright charming …

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