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I often listen to dolphins songing and note ced that it's mostly two octaves range they use and mostly short phrases. Has there been any research on what scale they use or maybe what notes are preferable? Maybe there is some pattern in there speech and singing? Why don't they create long phrases and have such a short vocal range?

closed as off-topic by Bradd Szonye, Tim, Doktor Mayhem Feb 14 '17 at 10:11

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  • Maybe it's better to ask on biology SE? – Aminopterin Feb 14 '17 at 5:11
  • Don't musicians here listen to them? I think only a musician can hear such things. – SovereignSun Feb 14 '17 at 5:21
  • As far as I know, the musical study of animal sounds is a pretty wide-open field, just in its infancy. I don't think we have the answers to your questions yet. – Scott Wallace Feb 14 '17 at 9:51
  • Sovereign - dolphin vocal range is from 0.2Hz to 150kHz! They do not use any scales (as these are entirely human creations). Yes, there are patterns, both short and long, and even local dialects (many studies carried out over the years) - most importantly: they are not singing! They are communicating. I'll close here, and see if it is on topic over on biology.SE – Doktor Mayhem Feb 14 '17 at 10:10