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Killer whale learns to mimicing words

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Published Feb 1, 2018, 12:43 am IST
Updated Feb 1, 2018, 12:43 am IST
The female whale learned to “speak” a handful of human words by copying its trainer at a marine park in France
 The female whale learned to “speak” a handful of human words by copying its trainer at a marine park in France

London: A killer whale at a French marine park has been recorded mimicing words such as “hello” and “bye bye”. This is thought to be the first of its kind to copy human speech by a whale.

The female whale learned to “speak” a handful of human words by copying its trainer at a marine park in France, BBC said Its repertoire includes the name “Amy” and “one, two, three”.

Whales and dolphins are among the few animals other than humans that can learn to produce a novel sound just by hearing it,” BBC said.

“In mammals it is very rare," said Dr Josep Call of the University of St Andrews, a co-researcher on the study. 

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