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Dolphin Says 'Seaweed'

Prototype software created to interpret certain dolphin whistles has performed its first real-time translation, New Scientist reports. While swimming in the Caribbean with a dolphin pod and donning the translator—dubbed Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry—a researcher heard one of the marine mammals blurt out a whistle that stands for seaweed. Researchers had taught the dolphin that sound, which the technology is designed to distinguish and translate into an English word. The work will be presented at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in May.

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