Beluga Whale Mimics Human Voice, Sounds Like Swedish Chef [AUDIO]


NOC Mimicking Human SpeechA new paper published by the National Marine Mammal Foundation in the scientific journal Current Biology sheds light on the ability of marine mammals to spontaneously mimic human speech. The study details the case of a white whale named NOC who began to mimic the human voice, presumably a result of vocal learning. "The whale's…2012-10-19T22:10:13.000Z

A study published today in Current Biology explores the case of a beluga whale who learned to mimic human speech. It’s the first such case in which a recording was captured. Above is the audio — in which this awesome whale totally sounds like the Swedish Chef. Or a big kazoo.

Spontaneous Human Speech Mimicry by a Cetacean