WHALE WAILS ON
A WHALE in a French marine park has been taught to say human words through her blowhole.
This is not an early April fool’s joke! A 16-year-old captive orca called Wikie has been recorded saying words such as “hello” and “Amy”, and counting “one, two, three” after hearing a person say the same things. Dr José Abramson, a scientist from Spain who led the research on Wikie, thinks conversations with the whale will one day be possible. He says it could be done “if you have labels, descriptions of what things are”, and explained that “it has been done before with a famous grey parrot and dolphins using American sign language”.
Whales in the wild are known to have their own ‘languages’ they talk to each other in. Different groups have different languages – a sign of their enormous intelligence.
A whale in the wild