Killer Whale Learns To Imitate Human Speech In World First

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Published on Jan 31, 2018   by InTheBlack

Killer Whale Learns To Imitate Human Speech In World First. A killer whale has been taught by scientists to copy human speech. The researchers were studying a 14-year-old female killer whale named Wikie, who was well-trained and had been taught how to copy behaviors in a previous study. Wikie was recorded mimicking English words like “hello”, “bye bye” and “one two”, as well as the name of her trainer, Amy. “Killer whales use their blowhole to make noises, almost like speaking out of your nose, so we were not expecting it to be perfect,” said Dr Jose Abramson, a researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid, who led the study. “But we were surprised by how close it was.”

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