Future Directions

We have barely scratched the surface of what we might discover about dolphin communication and cognition with just our current experimental framework alone. Although our first experiment was designed to investigate whether dolphins could master the “tell and listen” communications concept, it yielded several unexpected, novel results that previously had not been reported. Based upon these results, we have created a long list of new experiments that build and expand upon this work. We also have additional experimental frameworks being developed that will facilitate new investigative approaches. Each of these has its own potential for uncovering new communicative or cogitative capabilities in dolphins. We look forward to ongoing, unique discoveries for the foreseeable future.