Have you ever had anyone mimic the way you speak? Chances are they weren’t trying to flatter you.
It just so happens that dolphins do it too, but for a very different reason. In fact, scientists are finding that the dolphins are actually calling their close companions by name.
You may be familiar with the clicks and whistles that make up typical dolphin communication. While it all sounds indistinguishable to us, each dolphin has its own signature whistle that differentiates itself - and other dolphins refer to them by copying that trademark sound. We haven’t seen anything like this behavior so far, except in humans.