Whale mimics human speech


48 Responses to “Whale mimics human speech”

  1. kmoser says:

    You say mimic. I say tease.

  2. Martyn Drake says:

    “So long, and thanks for all the fish”

  3. ComradeQuestions says:

    I think it’s pretty clear what it’s mimicking… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1PBptSDIh8

  4. What is that, Pashtun? Tagalog? Urdu?

  5. orangedesperado says:

    Was this whale subjected to a.m. radio played over crappy outdoor loudspeakers ? 

  6. Who gave the whale Frampton Comes Alive?

  7. Ashen Victor says:

    “We discovered it when a diver mistook the whale for a human voice giving him underwater directions.”

    The whale was indeed giving him directions, but in his best “human speech” voice.

    Sort like when you travel to a foreing country, ask for directions and they give you a gibberish of englishlike colloquial hungarian.

  8. edkedz says:

     “…the case of a white whale named NOC…”

    Who the hell still calls belugas “white whales”?

  9. Steven Weiss says:

    Parrots do that too. We have a blue and gold macaw, a yellow fronted amazon and two african greys that do that too. I hate it when I think I’m talking to my wife and I find out that I’m actually talking to Admiral Byrd, instead!

  10. soundhound says:

    Sounds like an asthmatic individual trying to play a kazoo while being waterboarded.

  11. i3c says:

    sounds like an nyc subway conductor

  12. Atvaark says:

    I was pretty sure the date was October 22nd. Now I have to fix that and set my calendar to April 1st.

  13. gumbowing says:

    Great, that’s all we need, another species mocking our drunken ranting

  14. SumoAllstar says:

    Hired and now working the McDonald’s Drive-thru window.

  15. L_Mariachi says:

    Are they sure it’s not the humans’ brains finding speechlike patterns in noise? I get that all the time when I’m half asleep with a fan on — sounds like people having conversations in another room. The same phenomenon accounts for seeing swirly patterns in video static (although come to think of it one doesn’t see that much these days, as modern TVs typically cut to solid blue or black in the absence of a coherent signal.)

    • Ian Wood says:

      Aha! So it’s not just me. Such a weird thing. And really spooky before I figured it out. Reducing my drug intake probably helped with that, too.

      Humans are pattern-making animals, it’s true. Very peculiar when I can see the machinery working to parse random sensory input and try to make something coherent out of it…makes me wonder about all of the constant parsing that’s going on that I don’t notice, and what the input would actually look/sound/feel/taste like without it.

    • giantasterisk says:

       I thought exactly the same thing. The 2nd half of the recording sounds a hell of a lot like this:

  16. monitorhead says:

    you know, I caught a squirrel in our backyard/courtyard area (the 2 apartment complexes face back to back,  the strip between them have trees and grass) emulating a crow call between his squirrel chirps. probably to ward of predators.

  17. ymr049c says:

    How human speech sounds to belugas:
    Blah blah blah NOC.
    Blah blah NOC blah.
    Blah blah blah blah NOC.

  18. sburns54 says:

    He is mimicking the guy who was sat next to me at the bar last Saturday night.

  19. Repurposed says:

    We’re being mocked. It’s the Alexandra Wallace of the whale world.

  20. AwesomeRobot says:

    Wow, that’s close enough to human speech patterns to be a little creepy. 

  21. Singe says:

    Are the researchers certain this is a whale and not an Alaskan malamute or husky?

  22. Boundegar says:

    This sound really needs to be slowed down.

  23. NelC says:

    Is it too late to get this beluga into the presidential debates?

  24. Dave Brewer says:

    I thought he said “Fa want fish.”

  25. Tchoutoye says:

    John C. Lilly and his wife tried to teach dolphins to talk. There are some hilarious recordings of that.

  26. BarBarSeven says:

    “Blah, blah, blah… Talking on cellphone about some bullshit… Doo, dee, doo, dee, foo… Mortage… Wife… Kids… Blah, bloh, blee, oh how I wish I was a whale! They are the best!”

  27. quazi says:

    Dubstep sample in 3.. 2..

  28. LainieMac says:

    Owl Right! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZXcRqFmFa8

  29. V says:

    requisite posting…

  30. ChickieD says:

    I wish I spoke whale.

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