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iPad Being Used to Develop Communications with Dolphins

Scientists are hoping an iPad could help them create a language they could use to communicate with dolphins. The researchers are using the device with a 2-year-old dolphin named Merlin. The dolphin will approach the iPad and tap on a picture on the screen it recognizes and then it will swim and touch that object in the pool. Meanwhile the iPad will record the sounds the dolphin makes. The goal is to create a way to match the symbols and sounds and eventually develop a language humans and dolphins can use to communicate. Also of note, Merlin prefers that the iPad has a yellow border around it — perhaps he’s a National Geographic fan?