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[Merged]Male Beluga Whale Mimics Human Voice


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#1    pallidin

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 07:06 PM

Thought this might be of some interest. It was to me, anyway.
Granted, this is "mimicking" and not conversation.

http://www.livescien...uman-voice.html


Edit: spelling

Edited by pallidin, 22 October 2012 - 08:01 PM.


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Posted 22 October 2012 - 07:13 PM

I've learned to mimic human voice. Type, too.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 07:27 PM

I think its amazing they learned how to mimic us.  Just wait until they know what they are saying.


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Posted 22 October 2012 - 07:45 PM

Flip flop it all reverse style, think what the animals think when we make their noises at them; 'hairless freak doesn't know what she/he is talking about, just mimicking me, crazy thing'.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:45 PM

New audio analysis of  whale recordings has revealed that a beluga whale raised in captivity tried to imitate human speech. Scientists believe the whale, named NOC, taught himself to mimic human sounds. NOC would make noises when trainers were in the water near him. “Our observations suggest that the whale had to modify its vocal mechanics in order to make the speech-like sounds,” said Sam Ridgway of the National Marine Mammal Foundation. “Such obvious effort suggests motivation for contact.”

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http://abcnews.go.co...index-10222012/

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 03:35 AM

Hmm. I think its trying very hard to send a message.... It sounds like its trying to sing the intro to a song called Kill the Guy with the Ball..... :D  by Steve Vai.



I would be careful if I was those trainers.


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 03:45 AM

Be interesting if this could be the cause of the "Julia" sound... where could a whale have heard "Julia" from to begin with?


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:27 AM

Wow! I love the photograph.


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:26 AM

I hope it doesn't infiltrate our governments...


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

Witch craft...and aliens.. are responsible for this craziness.

Really though, thats pretty neat!


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:25 PM

The gracious deity of the waters. When they stop singing the sacred song of the Cosmo's, we all die. FYI, i do the same thing in the bath tub every morning, it's really no big deal.


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:30 PM

Freaky; wonder what it thinks its saying?


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:28 PM

View Postvortex-goliath, on 23 October 2012 - 12:30 PM, said:

Freaky; wonder what it thinks its saying?
"Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi"


Edited by Karlis, 23 October 2012 - 02:37 PM.


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:38 PM

Haha sounds like Noc is playing the Kazoo!


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:31 PM

http://www.stuff.co....cs-human-speech





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