The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins

Oct 4, 2023 | Nature, Videos

In the 1960s, a remarkable experiment was conducted to test the limits of animal science. Dr. John C. Lilly, a renowned neurophysiologist, wanted to see if it was possible for an animal to learn how to communicate in English. He took things a step further by housing a human and a dolphin in close proximity with each other and teaching them to interact through language.

The experiment took place inside an enclosed house designed specifically for dolphins – aptly referred to as the “Dolphin House”. Inside, a young woman named Margaret Howe Lovatt was tasked with teaching the dolphin Peter how to understand and use English words. Over the course of months, Peter learned more and more, eventually being able to understand questions and respond with short phrases.

For decades this incredible story has gone untold – until now! The BBC documentary “Dolphin House: The Story of Margaret Howe Lovatt” is finally shedding light on this extraordinary experiment that forever changed our understanding of human-animal communication capabilities. Through interviews from those involved in the study as well as historic footage from inside Dolphin House, viewers can experience this groundbreaking moment in history first hand!

So make sure you tune into the BBC documentary “Dolphin House: The Story of Margaret Howe Lovatt” – you won’t want to miss out on learning about one of the most fascinating experiments ever done in animal science!

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