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  • Sperm whales are the largest predator that ever existed on Earth.

  • Larger than the largest dinosaur.

  • Our goal is to interact with them.

  • Fabrice Schnöller is an engineer, biologist, and founder of the DAREWIN Project.

  • His goal is to record and analyze sperm whale vocalizations.

  • DAREWIN Project, it raises the question: Do these animals communicate like us?

  • So, the idea is to see if there is information in sound.

  • Sperm whales communicate using a series of complex clicking.

  • Some clicks are as short as a thousandth of a second.

  • When we get into that sound, we see that there is a pattern.

  • It's not random.

  • Maybe it's not impossible that these animals have a very sophisticated language.

  • Fabrice's objective is to gather as many recordings of the whales as possible, to figure out if that language exists.

  • But sperm whales are not the easiest animals to get close to.

  • Maybe only 10 years ago, no one was going into the water with sperm whales because they are predators.

  • If you bother them, if you hit them with a boat, or if you try to kill one of them, they can be extremely dangerous.

  • By free-diving - diving on a single breath of air - Fabrice is able to get incredibly close to the whales.

  • They usually don't come to divers.

  • That's why we free-dive, and we try to get these very exceptional observations.

  • It's through these intimate interactions that Fabrice is able to capture the recordings he needs to one day unlock the secret of their communication.

  • With the sperm whale, when they decide to come to see you, you are the subject.

  • They are looking at you.

  • They are analyzing you.

  • And this is really something I've never seen with another animal.

  • For me, if there is an animal that has a chance to open a little bridge between animals and humans, it is a sperm whale.

Sperm whales are the largest predator that ever existed on Earth.

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Deciphering the Secret Language of Whales

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/04/02
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