Cetacean Adaptability

"The large brains of cetaceans have raised many additional intriguing questions. One may well ask if such a large brain may not be capable of not only a natural language but of possibly even adaptively learning a human language. Experiments in the Communication Research Institute along these lines have revealed the following findings:

"1) These animals are capable of phonation of proper dolphin noises in air as well as under water.

"2) If in contact close enough and long enough with persons who are speaking, these animals gradually modify the noises they emit and gradually acquire new noises which begin to resemble the noises of human speech.

"3) Slowly but surely some of these emissions begin to correspond to distinct, human sounds, recognizable words are separated out.

"4) Modifications and variations of these words are produced in great profusion.

"Such flexibility and plasticity of the use of the phonation apparatus of these animals demonstrates an adaptive capability heretofore completely unsuspected. In a sense, these animals who are producing humanoid sounds have adapted ts a totally new set of circumstances; i.e., close contact with man, in such a way as to excite interest on our part and to prompt further care of the animals. In a sense, then, the animals are taking full advantage of this artificial environment for their own survival and well-being in a fashion similar to most of the successful individuals of the species, Homo sapiens."

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"One time, I went out to sea in the Virgin Islands and took some LSD. We went alongside a female whale with a calf. She turned up and looked at me with her one eye and zapped me for twenty minutes. There was so much information that I can't possibly remember. The information came in the form of visual pictures."-JCL