Can You Speak Whale?

In one of the funniest movie scenes of all time, from Finding Nemo, Ellen DeGeneres (as Dory) pushes her vocal limits to imitate whale “speech.” Now the tables have been turned. The buzz is about a whale named NOC—who imitated human speech.

If you haven’t already heard NOC on TV or radio, check out the audio clip and fascinating story at Discover Magazine’s blog site, Not Rocket Science.
The original paper, Spontaneous human speech mimicry by a cetacean, can be read and downloaded for free.
Whale Communication is an excellent 5-minute video segment available from Films on Demand.
If you’d like to get involved in research on whale or dolphin communication, it is as easy as going to http://whale.fm/. Researchers have posted audio clips for you to listen to and help match up. In this study, thousands of human ears will help puzzle out which whales are “talking” and why.

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One Comment on “Can You Speak Whale?”


  1. We also have a new book: The Sounding of the Whale by D. Graham Burnett QL 737.C4 B86


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