WHALE WAILS ON

A WHALE in a French marine park has been taught to say hu­man words through her blow­hole.

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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

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