Meet Scooter, this year's 'World's Ugliest Dog'
Despite his backward legs, Scooter has a zest for life and determination to navigate the world around him.LEARN MORE
A study conducted over the course of decades found that signature noises bottlenose dolphins make are altered by mothers when speaking to calves.
New research using data derived from decades of analysis on how bottlenose dolphins communicate has found that mothers use a sort of "baby talk" that is distinct when communicating with offspring, compared to how they communicate with other adult dolphins.
Zoologist Laela Sayigh of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has studied bottlenose dolphins in Florida in the world’s longest-running study of wild dolphins, and she found that mothers communicate with calves in a more "singsong and musical" way.
The research uses data from observations of captured and released dolphins since 1986.
Sayigh says just as humans change the way we say words, and not the words themselves, when speaking to children, dolphins are sort of doing the same thing.
The research found that these dolphins join only a small number of other animals, like zebra finches, squirrel monkeys and rhesus macaques, in changing their calls when communicating with the young.
The zoologists call the communication style "motherese" or "infant-directed speech."
The researchers in the study analyzed 19 moments that were recorded over the course of 34 years and found that mothers increased and widened their pitch of the signature whistles when communicating with their offspring, not too unlike how humans communicate with their children.
Sayigh told the Atlantic, “We were just blown away by how consistent the effect was.”
Poaching is still the greatest threat to all rhino species living in Africa, according to the 2023 State of the Rhino report.
An Australian lungfish that has been at a California aquarium for over 80 years is now considered the oldest living aquarium fish.
A new study published by the CDC found this parasite becoming more widespread in areas it hadn't been seen before.
The incident in Kansas City, Missouri, began with an argument when the schoolteacher's wife caught him texting another woman.
About 4,000 South Korean troops marched alongside tanks, artillery systems, drones and ballistic missiles capable of striking North Korea.
A woman died after falling about 150 feet from an overlook along the popular Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.