Dolphins 'whistle to find loved ones'

Baby dolphins

Dolphins mimic the sounds of their loved ones to find them, according to new research.

Scientists from Scotland and America studied the whistles of wild and captive dolphins.

They found that those who copied each other's sounds were mothers and their offspring, and adult males who'd known each other for a long time.

The findings suggest that mimicking whistles is done by dolphins who want to be reunited with each other.

It's already known that dolphins develop their own individual whistle which describes their identity.

Scientists also found that there were slight changes in the copied versions of whistles, which could be to avoid confusing other dolphins who might be listening.

More on This Story

  • Newsround logoWatch Newsround

    Watch the latest update from Newsround, CBBC's news programme for children.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.