Beluga Whale makes Human-like Sounds

Selby
November 22nd 2012

Researchers in the US have been shocked to discover a beluga whale whose vocalisations were remarkably close to human speech. While dolphins have been taught to mimic the pattern and durations of sounds in human speech, no animal has spontaneously tried such mimicry.

But researchers heard a nine-year-old whale named NOC make sounds octaves below normal, in clipped bursts. They then rewarded NOC for the speech-like sounds to teach him to make them on command and fitted him with a pressure transducer within his nasal cavity, where sounds are produced, to monitor just what was going on.

Source BBC, via Zack Denfeld

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Arnoud van den Heuvel
Posted 22/11/2012 – 16:10

(ha Selby, aangepast) ;-)

Selby
Posted 22/11/2012 – 16:01

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wEPJQSD_VE

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Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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