Captive orcas can learn to speak dolphin

October 8, 2014 6:54 PM

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To the human ear, orca talk sounds like screaming. Dolphins prefer more pleasing clicks and whistles.

Marine biologists studied three different orcas living in three separate water park enclosures and found the whales learned to modify their vocalizations to sound more like their dolphin companions. It's the first time interspecies vocal learning has been observed in toothed whales.

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