Can Dolphins Talk?

Since ancient times, the dolphin has been considered a special animal. But it is only recently that research has discovered that the friendly, playful dolphin is highly intelligent. Some scientists consider the dolphin to be even more intelligent than the chimpanzee.

Dolphins and porpoises belong to the same family as whales. They are all mammals. But much more is known about the dolphin than the porpoise. Dolphins adapt readily to captivity, while porpoises, when taken out of their natural environment, go into shock and die. All of the performing “porpoises” in aquariums are really bottle-nosed dolphins, and can be identified by their beaklike snouts.

Dolphins cannot talk in the same way human beings do. But they do communicate with each other through a series of noises that sound to us like whistles, squeaks, creaks, chirps, and clicks. Dolphins also make some sounds that are beyond humans’ range of hearing. They make all their sounds by blowing different amounts of air through their blowholes.

Much research has been done on the dolphin’s language, and more is still going on. People haven’t been able to learn the dolphin’s language, but dolphins quickly learn commands given in our language and may even understand them. Some bottle-nosed dolphins can even imitate human words!


  1. Chris says

    I would say that they are almost definitely intelligent as it funny that they love being in captivity and playing around, it’s almost like they are teaching us (or trying to teach us) something about the world.

  2. Anonymous says

    Chris (03.06.09), I don’t know about your assertion that “they love being in captivity”. Sounds like something only a human could dare to claim! :)

  3. Brooke says

    does anyone have a pet dolphin?????
    that would be soooooo totaly cool!

  4. Christoph says

    The first thing we will understand from dolphin speak is, “So long and thanks for all the fish”.

  5. True Story says

    A friend was at a beach in S. England – his gal having her period was in chest-high water – and a dolphin/porpoise throttled full speed at her, tail danced right at the end – fully standing up straight out of the water – with a big old “Hello Darling” fully erect as he body slammed my pal’s gal. Wonder what he wanted?

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