White Whales Can Talk?

Dr Ridgway said: ‘Our observations suggest that the whale had to modify its vocal mechanics in order to make the speech-like sounds. Such obvious effort suggests motivation for contact. ‘Whale voice prints were similar to the human voice and unlike the whale’s usual sounds. The sounds we heard were clearly an example of vocal learning by the white whale.’ Unlike humans, whales make sounds through their nasal tract, not the larynx. To ‘talk’, Noc had to vary the pressure in his nasal tract while adjusting specific muscles and inflating part of his blowhole, Dr Ridgway’s team found.” w/ photos

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