You may have heard the other day that there was a Beluga that taught itself to mimic human speech sounds. I use the word “speech” lightly, because it sounds more like that time Doug was trying to learn to be a ventriloquist for the school talent show*. Named NOC (No-See), the beluga had figured out how to make sounds octaves below normal beluga squeaks. Apparently, this is no easy task, and while dolphins have been taught to make human-like sounds, cases of spontaneous mimicry has never been seen before.

But there’s bad news: At the time of publication this past Tuesday, the whale has been dead for five years now. Just goes to show, you can’t hurry science. Sorry NOC.


*Anybody with me on this? Anyone?