Researchers in the US have been shocked to discover a beluga whale whose vocalisations were remarkably close to human speech.
Researchers heard a nine-year-old whale named NOC make sounds octaves below normal, in clipped bursts. The first mystery, though, was figuring out where the sound was coming from.
When a diver at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in California surfaced saying, “Who told me to get out?” the researchers there knew they had another example on their hands.
The whales are known as “canaries of the sea” for their high-pitched chirps, but while a number of anecdotal reports have described whales making human-like speech, none had ever been recorded…..until now.
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I do not advocate captive cetaceans, this story highlights yet another example of the intelligence of the beautiful beings we share our planet with. ♥