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Human and dolphins

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communication between
human and dolphins

Facts &Challenges

April 13th, 2005


Muséum national d’histoire naturelle
Amphithéâtre de Paléontologie, 18 rue Buffon, 75005 PARIS Intersection Rue Buffon and Bd de l’Hôpital (Métro Gare d’Austerlitz)



9h00-9h30 Introduction. D. Lestel

9h30-12h30 Two-way communication between human and dolphins. D. Herzing

12h30-13h45 Lunch

13h45-18h10 Discussion
M.C. Bataille, F. Delfour, V. Despret, F. Gaunet, M. Hausberger, M. Kreutzer, D. Lestel, B. Mercera, V. Servais, M. Wilke (Müller)

18h10-18h30 Conclusion by D. Lestel


Secretariat :
tel : 01 40 79 57 40

Organizing committee :

Florence Brunois, Fabienne Delfour, Florence Gaunet, Dominique Lestel & Véronique Servais.

Dr. Denise Herzing
(Wild Dolphin Project, Biological & Psychological Sciences, Fl. Atlantic Univ) is currently developing new technology to develop real-time underwater signal recognition in a two-way communication system with wild dolphins

"Communication between humans and dolphins has been historically fascinating, but scientifically unproductive primarily because of the one-way nature of communication. Interactive spotted dolphins in the Bahamas offer a unique opportunity to explore both the process of, and two-way interactions during, interspecific communication.
Our current knowledge about dolphin intelligence, societies, and communi-cation systems, together with current technology, now allows the exploration of this area of science. As we explore the concepts of social learning, culture, and intelligence with this aquatic mammal we may be able to integrate many of these aspects."