Did Noc the whale teach itself to talk?
Report: Beluga sounds like a human
- Duration 3:52
- Date Oct 25, 2012
Report: Beluga sounds like a human
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It is one of the coolest discoveries we've heard in a long time.
Whales that sure sound like they're talking like people.
-- A white or beluga whale.
Learned apparently to push air through his blow hole to make a human like sound so how to be learned to do that and why -- right now from the Georgia aquarium.
The chief zoological officer mr.
William -- William good -- -- area.
Good morning Steve thanks for having me it's great to have you as well so we saw that video and it sure sounds like that things trying to say something.
Kind of reminds you -- Joseph Biden at times frankly Steve I.
-- the well you know I think -- -- really what you what you're witnessing right now is an animal who is young is learning to play with sort of -- repertoire of whistles and clicks and and we hear something that I think that frankly we we kind of wanted to hear an anthropomorphic sense and we say oh look he's talking well you know you might underdog that that makes a similar sound it's always talking when really he's not using that type of the language that's -- I've heard that before where my wife has said I I'm I'm -- I thought the dog is that -- -- I could've sworn agents that -- It's so you're saying it are part of these animals like the -- -- -- behind you are they trying to mimic or are they communicating.
-- I think it's clear that that's -- -- -- moment -- it's not an issue of them trying to talk.
To us I mean when they communicate with one another they do so with body gestures.
Maybe they -- -- looking at each other and certainly was some some click some whistles but there are many many animals in this plant that that you sound too.
Communicate a concept but not necessarily use the language will of this what got us -- talking about this was the video that we just showed that beluga whale named knock you know see.
Named after newseum because it was the smallest of the pack it apparently they had taken at the San Diego.
And they noticed that he was taught it appeared to be talking to people and at one point there was that a navy diver in the water.
And he came out he said who told me to get out because apparently knocked was saying.
Out and he thought it was actually a person -- -- how -- certainly with the way that these animals can can use their blow holes in and what they call the monkey lips and other.
Anatomical features they can make sounds no doubt about it and some of them can be close to what you're you're you're thinking is being said but the reality is it's just a -- free moment.
They also can mimic a whistle of a trainer or.
You know of of say like a -- making it sound of telephone -- I mean this is something that they -- to do -- -- sort -- play with some unique.
And and for instance and there at your query in Georgia just as with the case out in San Diego where -- they were keeping an eye on these.
It's it's important to try to.
Observed them -- can figure out what the heck they're doing right.
Steve there's no doubt about it I mean beluga whales are facing certainly an uncertain future in the Arctic -- the ice changes and -- environment changes so.
It you know if you don't have some these animals in your care to learn from you don't have these animals to train and have wonderful relationships with an -- sort of figure out the secrets of how they do what they do.
Early not -- know how to save them or protect them from the things that -- -- in decades you know ahead of us so.
It's certainly very important we're very proud to play a part in that role so William I guess a headline today is even though it kind of sounded like a knock.
The baby balloon go was talking.
Just essentially mimicking -- parity in what he apparently occurred.
I certainly hate to take away some of the fun of the story but but that would be the fact.
-- right -- you would know because you're there at the Georgia aquarium and you've been studying this kind of stuff your whole lifelong.
William Hurley from data Georgia sir thank you very much.