24 Oct '12, 3am

Researchers Find a Whale Trying to Speak Human

For as much as we share a mutual curiousity with one another, humans and our whale counterparts have been long divided by much more than just the watery realm they call home -- namely the language barrier. But while whales' rich vocabulary of squeaks and sonorous calls is a far departure to our own undoubtably garbled-seeming tongues, at least one beluga is evidently willing to give speaking 'human' a try. According to a report from the BBC , biologists from California's National Marine Mammal Foundation have found evidence that our ocean-going mammalian counterparts may be capable of mimicking our language. After hearing an animal speaking in an uncannily human-like way at their facility in San Diego, researchers finally found the source: a captive beluga, or white whale, named NOC. Thankfully, to back up this whale of a tale, researchers were able to catch some of that c...

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