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Individualized Whistle Contours in Bottle-nosed Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Nature volume 207, pages 434435 (24 July 1965) | Download Citation

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IN 1953, Essapian1 suggested that individual bottle-nosed dolphins, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu), may have distinctive notes which each dolphin can recognize. From his context, in using the word ‘notes’ Essapian referred to the whistle component of Tursiops phonation.

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  1. Allan Hancock Foundation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

    • MELBA C. CALDWELL
  2. Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California.

    • DAVID K. CALDWELL

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