Sperm Whales’ Use Of Language Points To Evidence Of Culture

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A new study in the journal Nature Communications has found that sperm whales communicate using vocalized dialects specific to organized clans, a social act that offers evidence of a shared culture within which the whales learn new things and adopt behaviors from one another. What do you think?

“Impressive, but you haven’t truly arrived as a culture until you’ve developed the capacity to denigrate languages that are different from yours.”

Bill Stastny • Dairy Consultant

“You say all this as if I didn’t already plow through the latest issue of ‘Nature Communications’ the second it came in the mail.”

Carol Liang • Spelling Bee Scout


“Great, yet another clique I’m left out of.”

Glenn Spurgeon • Systems Analyst