The Ability of Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops Truncatus, to Report Arbitrary Information

  • Alexander V. Zanin
  • Vladimir I. Markov
  • Irina E. Sidorova
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 196)


Investigations of the bottlenose dolphin sounds suggest that this species should have a highly developed hierarchically organized system of acoustic communication. This assumption is based on the high structural complexity of the dolphin signalisation, the peculiarities of its use, and the results of special mathematical and linguistical analysis (Markov, 1978; Markov et al., 1974; Markov and Ostrovskaya, 1978; Markov and Ostrovskaya in this volume). In our opinion, this system can be used for reporting complex arbitrary information. There are indirect corroborations of this standpoint such as some features of the dolphin behavior in the wild and captivity, the results of the experiments on the comprehension of the artificial language by the bottlenose dolphins (Herman, 1980; Herman et al., 1984), but the direct experimental evidence is absent.


Marine Mammal Start Position Bottlenose Dolphin Concrete Wall Visual Differentiation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander V. Zanin
    • 1
  • Vladimir I. Markov
    • 2
  • Irina E. Sidorova
    • 2
  1. 1.Karadag Department of Institute of Biology of Southern SeasSudak, CrimeaUSSR
  2. 2.Institute of Evolutionary Morphology and Ecology of AnimalsMoscowUSSR

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