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Post by Dragon on Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:20 pm

Her head above water, Wikie the killer whale looks at the human trainer next to her pool, listens, then loudly vocalises: "Hello."

It is not a perfect imitation, but, astonishingly, recognisable.

It is the first scientific demonstration of an orca mimicking human words, which also included "Amy"—the name of Wikie's handler—"Bye-Bye", and "One-Two-Three".

"We were not expecting a perfect match, like a parrot," researcher Jose Abramson of the Complutense University of Madrid said of the experiment reported Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Yet in a trial with six different words or phrases, some of Wikie's attempts were "a very high quality match", especially given that orcas' vocal anatomy is "totally different" to ours.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:20 pm



A 14-year-old orca name Wikie has learned to imitate human speech through the use of her blowhole.

 
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