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Talking Whales, Seals With Maine Accents, Dog Bark Translators: What If Animals Really Could Talk to Us?


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irene davis (74)
Friday October 26, 2012, 1:51 am
Well I'm sorry to say but animals the world over are saying the same thing- "Leave us alone'
 

Bill K (3)
Friday October 26, 2012, 4:09 am
if animals could talk they would probably tell us to go to you-know-where
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 26, 2012, 4:10 am
Thanks, noted.
 

. (0)
Friday October 26, 2012, 6:21 am
The best thing they could do is not to talk but spit in our face, the man is not worthy of their even of a single word
Noted - ty Cal and Diane for the fw
 

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday October 26, 2012, 6:27 am
My two dogs talk to me. They use both vocalizations and body language. Even though I had a dog that said "Hello!" clearly (self taught), it is I who have had to make the effort to understand their language.
My two dogs are as different as chalk and cheese. One is forever thinking and when she talks, it is to complain about something. For instance: "How long will you keep me waiting for my food? this is inhumane!" and "I demand two walks a day!" The other dog just offers adoration and says things like: " I know that I am unworthy of attention and love, but I love you absolutely with all my heart!"
Funny thing is that I love them both equally for being themselves.
NOC I think was trying to communicate and gave up due to lack of response. Belugas are social beings that communicate with each other and this clever Beluga made a real effort, but none so deaf as those who will not hear.
 

Nicole W (646)
Friday October 26, 2012, 10:04 am
well posed question Cal!
 

Gene J (288)
Friday October 26, 2012, 5:15 pm
I commented on this article on the main site, I agree that Noc was opting OUT of communication with us. The story reminds me of the only Star Trek movie I liked, The Voyage Home, which involved whale song. We humans are so sure we are the only sentient species on this planet and in our hubris fail to even SEE, let alone HEAR, that other species communicate with each other, and in some cases with us. We call them dumb animals, because we can't take the time to learn their language. Dolphins could teach us more than we imagine. As could many other species about love and compassion. Even "natural" enemies, raised together will love each other forever. One species will adopt and raise an infant from another and form unbreakable bonds with them. We? Not so much. If it isn't food, we don't care. And if it IS food, we mistreat it horribly. We may be the dominant species on the planet but we are most certainly NOT the most enlightened.
 

James merritt jr (144)
Friday October 26, 2012, 11:25 pm
Thank you!
 

Marie W (67)
Friday October 26, 2012, 11:58 pm
None so deaf as those who will not hear.
 

Veronique L (209)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 1:46 am
Very interesting thank you!
 

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 2:44 am
interesting...I think animals DO talk to us...
 

Susanne R (236)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 8:43 am
Interesting and thought-provoking article, Cal. Thanks for posting it! I couldn't help but picture some animals testifying in a court of law. THAT would certainly serve as a deterrent to abuse!
 

Elizabeth Pugliese (8)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 2:41 pm
What they are saying is "please stop the babytalk and definitely no more silly costumes."
 
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