No more bubble trouble

Dolphin’s clicks help scientists sort through confusing underwater noises

By Stephen Ornes, 18:01 PM August 6, 2012




When human scientists can’t solve a problem, they may look to other species for help. One recent problem: bubbles. The helpful species: the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, whose clicks helped researchers find a better way to listen underwater.


Dolphins hunt using sonar, sending clicks through the water and listening for the echoes. When its clicks bounce back, an animal knows where to find its dinner. But dolphins have also been observed blowing out streams of tiny bubbles as they hunt. That ...

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