Researchers in the US have been shocked to discover a beluga whale whose vocalisations were remarkably close to human speech.
While dolphins have been taught to mimic the pattern and durations of sounds in human speech, no animal has spontaneously tried such mimicry.
But researchers heard a nine-year-old whale named NOC make sounds octaves below normal, in clipped bursts. [continued]
he sounds like a kazoo
He does. It’s funny, though, because I like to think that that’s what we sound like to them. “douy douy douy douy douy”