Talking to dolphins just got closer

Google Translate will helpfully translate between many languages. But a cetacean researcher has one upped google by translating from dolphin to human. OK, it’s just one word, but it’s a start.

In this case, the researcher, Denise Herzing, had been using a specific whistle for “sargassum”, a variety of seaweed. The dolphins picked up her whistle, and when they used it, Dr. Herzing’s software translated it in real time and spoke “sargassum” into her earpiece.

So far, it’s only one word, and hasn’t been repeated. I’d love to hear about other whistles being translated, and more often.