Before we can talk to dolphins, it first might help to understand their vocabulary. Researcher John Reid is doing just that with his new Cymascope.
By analyzing the patterns that dolphin voices make while they look at certain objects or do various tasks, Reid hopes to be able to see consistencies between patterns from various dolphins, an indication that he’s actually stumbled onto their meanings.
Says Reid, “No other device has given us a visual impression of sound…Most researchers have used spectrographs to try and decipher the sounds but the Cymascope will allow us to decipher the meanings in the speech patterns for the first time."
Ultimately he could build a dictionary of terms and we could talk to the dolphins.