Breakthrough: Dolphins use echolocation not only to hear but also to see!

A recent finding in the field of science and technology is something pertaining to one of the world’s most loved animals – the dolphin. From a recent study, it has been concluded that dolphins use echolocation to produce images. Read along to know more about it.

1 What is echolocation?

Sonar is a term most of us have made ourselves familiar with, since those 9th grade Physics lessons on sound and radiation. Sound Navigation and Ranging refers to the technique that uses the propagation of sound to navigate, communicate and detect objects on or under the surface of the water, like other vessels.

We also learned that animals make use of a slightly tweaked version of this ‘technology’, that is inbuilt in their systems. Sort of a bio-sonar, otherwise known as echolocation.

Okay so, we sort of get the picture. It’s the same as active sonar, but using sounds made by the animal itself, like the ultrasound of bats. But doesn’t this concern only the sense of hearing? Where does imaging come into the picture?

This is where CymaScope comes into the picture. Dolphins use echolocation, and CymaScope uses those echoes to produce results.

What is echolocation?

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