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Captive Beluga Whale learned to mimic human voices

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    Came across this today. Intriguing.

    Imagine the surprise among researchers when they discovered that what appeared to have been a human conversation near the beluga whale enclosure was actually the voice of the captive mammal. The accompanying audio clip is a sample of the whale's mimicry of human speech, and it's sure to inspire smiles, laughter, disbelief, or even awe among listeners.

    What is surprising is that whale wasn't trained to do so, but rather apparently learned by ear. The whale in the article died in 2007 after 30 years at the San Diego NMMF.
    Last edited by semperpietas; 23 Oct 12, 16:50.
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