November 2011

Sperm Whales Work Cooperatively and May Have Language

Sperm whales have bigger brains than any other animal on Earth. A male sperm whale can grow to be as large as 67 feet long and about one third of this size is the head. Scientists have also unearthed many other signs of intelligence in these enormous creatures.

 

The clicking Morse code like sounds these creatures make are very complicated leading many scientists to believe it may represent a form or language. There is good evidence that there is actually different dialects of these clicks and that different clans of sperm whales may communicate a specific dialect among each other.