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A fascinating new insight into animal parenthood comes from the discovery that dolphins communicate with their offspring through baby talk.

There is no denying how special the bond between mother and child is. Even if they are thousands of miles away, mothers can sense if their child is having a problem, make sandwiches according to their child’s preferences, and provide a safe haven for their children in their embrace. Although the baby’s babble sounds like gibberish, his mother understands what he wants and responds in a sing-song voice, causing the infant to giggle happily. This is classified as “motherese” and, for reasons unknown, even dolphins use it while conversing with their calves.

#1 Mother bottlenose dolphins communicate with their young through baby talk.

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Dolphins are extremely smart animals. They learn quickly, show a wide range of emotions, and are excellent at solving problems. Even jokes claim that dolphins will one day rule the world.
Fortunately, they are content remaining in the water. Still, people are fascinated by them, and research is being done by scientists to learn more about these adorable mammals.

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When interacting with their calves, female bottlenose dolphins use “motherese” or “infant-directed speech,” according to the most recent study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mothers will be mothers, regardless of the species.

#2 Mothers use a pitch that is higher and wider than usual when their children are present.

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When communicating with their young children, human mothers instinctively use a high-pitched, singsong voice. Talking in more limited sentences and stressing significant words assists toddlers with better fostering their discourse abilities and gaining a more extensive jargon.
Researchers wondered if dolphin mothers and mothers of humans shared any characteristics. Normally, dolphins convey uniquely in contrast to people – they utilize their particular whistle which is one of a kind to every dolphin. They rehash it on different occasions and tune in for one more dolphin to answer.
Kelly Jaakkola, a cognitive psychologist and marine mammal biologist at the non-profit Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida, says, “It’s analogous to your mother standing on your front porch and yelling her own name to summon her kids.”

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#3 Basically, child dolphins won’t encounter the sheer fear of their mother tending to them by their complete name.

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#4 From the time they are three to six years old, bottlenose dolphin calves remain with their mothers.

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A female bottlenose dolphin teaches her young essential survival skills, just like any good mother would. Baby learns to stay safe, hunt for food, and navigate the ocean. Sadly, the fathers are criminals and do not participate in child-rearing.

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#5 “I just can’t even put into words how amazing this project is”: the lead researcher couldn’t contain her interest in these unbelievable creatures.

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The review occurred north of 34 years and it gave us a little look into the captivating universe of dolphins. It is a little step towards diving deeper into the secrets of the animals of the sea.
What is your take on dolphins? Do you find them fascinating or scary?

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