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Captive Beluga Was Able To Mimic Speech

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the must-eat-the-humans dept.

Science 103

ananyo writes "'Who told me to get out?' asked a diver, surfacing from a tank in which a whale named NOC lived. The beluga's caretakers had heard what sounded like garbled phrases emanating from the enclosure before, and it suddenly dawned on them that the whale might be imitating the voices of his human handlers. The outbursts began in 1984 and lasted for about four years, until NOC hit sexual maturity. NOC likely learned to imitate humans by listening to them speak underwater and on the surface. The whale's human-like calls are several octaves lower than normal whale calls, a similar pitch to human speech. Researchers trained NOC to 'speak' on command, and determined that he makes the sounds by increasing the pressure of the air that courses through his nasal cavities. They think that he then modified the sounds by manipulating the shape of his phonic lips, small vibrating structures that sit above each nasal cavity. A recording of NOC's speech is embedded in the story. He sounds remarkably like a kazoo."

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He was really saying... (5, Funny)

rjshirts (567179) | about 2 years ago | (#41734859)

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."

Re:He was really saying... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735175)

Or he was saying:

"Ahhh! Woooh! What's happening? Who am I? Why am I here? What's my purpose in life? What do I mean by who am I? Okay okay, calm down calm down get a grip now. Ooh, this is an interesting sensation. What is it? Its a sort of tingling in my... well I suppose I better start finding names for things. Lets call it a... tail! Yeah! Tail!..."

Re:He was really saying... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737507)

Dear asshole(s),
Why is parent a troll? Having mod points doesn't mean you should down mod everything you do not understand.

Thanks,
The Internet community.

Re:He was really saying... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737877)

Dear AC,
First of all, it's pretty obvious you are parent, and you do not speak for anyone else on the Internet. Allow me to just tell you a couple things wrong with your post. Whales already have complex language, so they most likely have a name for tail. Most importantly, however, your post was simply not funny.

Thanks,
Random AC.

Re:He was really saying... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738113)

That's because you never read The Guide. http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0007558/quotes Infinite Improbability FTW!

Re:He was really saying... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738459)

Whoooooooooooooooosh.

If you are on Slashdot then you should recognise a Douglas Adams quotation, please hand in your geek card on the way out.

Re:He was really saying... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738723)

Whales already have complex language, so they most likely have a name for tail.

The first part is true, the second needs a citation, as the assumption that they have names for things is purely speculation on your part.

Most importantly, however, your post was simply not funny.

That still doesn't make him a troll. I found it mildly amusing, but that's probably because I understood the reference. The correct action is not to mark it as troll, but rather to move on and use your points on any of the large number of posts which ARE obvious trolls. Like yours, for example, which is why you're at -1 right now.

Re:He was really saying... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41739157)

This is what the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has to say about the original post. "The original post was not funny, despite the desperate attempt to make a connection to a popular work of comedic fiction on the part of its author. It was, however, only not funny because a Beluga is a species of whale, not any kind of dolphin."

The article goes on to say, "It is well known that Beluga whales are the only kind of Earth whale that eats caviar, hence the name. They became extinct, however, when the Earth was destroyed one Thursday afternoon, by a fleet of Vogon Constructor spacecraft, to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. When the Earth Mark II was produced, however, like the dolphins, Beluga whales were also absent, but that is only because one of the Magrathean Marine Mamals Designers had lost the template. As punishment, he was forced to eat caviar."

* And that's my tribute to D.N.A. *

Some dolphins, and a sperm whale, are briefly characters in the Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy, by T.L.G.A. D.N.A. (That's "The Late, Great Author, Douglas Noel Adams.") In the fourth book of the trilogy, (yes, fourth...) just before they disappear from the Earth, a dolphin communicated a last message from all dolphin-kind to human kind. It was a warning about the Earth's impending doom, but It was misinterpreted as "a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the "Star Spangled Banner", but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish."

Incidentally, "So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish" is also the title of the fourth book.

The sperm whale had been brought suddenly into being in the place of one of two nuclear missiles that had been streaking toward a certain spaceship, at a staggeringly high level of improbability. As this is the case, it has very little time to come to grips with its existence, as it was brought into being high above a distant, alien world. The first reply to the original post is paraphrased or quoted from the eponymous first book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. The original in the book constitutes a record of the whale's thoughts as it falls to its death on the planet below. It didn't actually SAY anything.

The thoughts however, do imply amazing clarity and depth of thought for a creature that has only existed for t seconds. The duration, "t" is time after the creation of the whale in seconds, that has a domain of t=0 to the value of t when h=0, in the function h ( t ) = - ( 1 / 2 ) * g * t ^ 2 + v {initial} t + h {initial}, where t is time in seconds, g is the geometric mean of the force of gravity between h {initial} and the local surface acceleration on the planet Magrethea, v {initial} is the velocity the nuclear missile had at just the moment of transmutation, and h {initial} is the altitude above Magrathea where the nuclear missile was transmuted into the sperm whale by the Heart of Gold's Infinite Improbability Drive.

If you have never read the trilogy, nor heard the radio show the books were based upon, nor saw the BBC miniseries based on whichever, you are unlikely to find any of this even remotely funny. If you have, hopefully it at least brought a smile to your face.

Re:He was really saying... (2)

Dunbal (464142) | about 2 years ago | (#41739601)

Since you have obviously never read Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (no, seeing the movie is not enough and even then this famous quote was in the movie), you are just pretending to be a nerd. To quote a famous whale: Get out.

Re:He was really saying... (1)

AchilleTalon (540925) | about 2 years ago | (#41738707)

Bah! It's nothing, the other day I saw a sponge on a TV show which was capable to speak and understand the human language.

Re:He was really saying... (1)

nospam007 (722110) | about 2 years ago | (#41738903)

Indeed. I have a bird that talks better than me and it has only a brain the size of a pea.
Don't know what that says about me.

Re:He was really saying... (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | about 2 years ago | (#41739509)

>the human language. ...the what ? You're aware that the species known as "homo sapience" or colloquially "human" have more than one language right ?

Re:He was really saying... (1)

colesw (951825) | about 2 years ago | (#41740499)

I've seen said sponge speak in English, Spanish, Chinese, and other various "human" languages, so I don't think OP was that wrong :)

Re:He was really saying... (1)

jrumney (197329) | about 2 years ago | (#41737903)

"I can haz caviarrrrr?"

naval cavity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41734863)

by increasing the pressure of the air that courses through his naval cavities

So whale farts help him make human sounds?

Re:naval cavity? (4, Funny)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | about 2 years ago | (#41734937)

Whoever taught you Eskimo kisses played a mean joke.

Re:naval cavity? (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 2 years ago | (#41737479)

Okay, first off, sounds made with noses are not called farts. Farts come from the other end of a mammal's anatomy.

More importantly, what the hell is a naval cavity? Is it like a whirlpool? The Mariana Trench? A misspelled reference to a hole in your belly? I thought you might have meant "nasal", but then you went and called it "naval" in the body of your post as well, so I guess I was wrong.

Sounds like the Swedish Chef (1)

tomhath (637240) | about 2 years ago | (#41734865)

Even gave the handlers a raspberry at the end.

Re:Sounds like the Swedish Chef (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41734997)

interesting, I don't think the "swedish chef" sounds very swedish, but the whale reminded me of a drunkard desperately trying to keep up with a 'snapsvisa' - songs traditionally attempted to be sung in combination with alcohol.

Naval (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41734869)

increasing the pressure of the air that courses through his naval cavities

I do that too.

Sounds Like He's Singing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41734899)

Sounds like he's singing ... perhaps he picked up a song he liked from a radio or from a human singing. Man, it would be great if we could communicate with whales or dolphins ... anyone remember SeaQuest DSV? ;)

Re:Sounds Like He's Singing (2)

newcastlejon (1483695) | about 2 years ago | (#41735093)

... anyone remember SeaQuest DSV? ;)

Yes, I do now.
Thanks~

Re:Sounds Like He's Singing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735313)

... anyone remember SeaQuest DSV? ;)

Yes, I do now.
  Thanks~

Just because you keep using it like that does not make the ~ mean "snarky"

Re:Sounds Like He's Singing (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737047)

It's actually a sarcastimark, and it's a thing. Get used to it. (It really does come in handy, and there's nothing else that does the job so easily and succinctly.)

Re:Sounds Like He's Singing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737457)

I always wondered why everything I read in Spanish sounds so damn sarcastic.

Re:Sounds Like He's Singing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41740175)

I always wondered~ why everything I read in Spanish sounds so damn sarcastic.

FTFY.

Re:Sounds Like He's Singing (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#41741139)

No. You don't get to repurpose typemarks just because you feel like it.

You may understand what you want, but we won't.

After all: Am I asking a question right now! (doesn't work does it?)

Re:Sounds Like He's Singing (4, Funny)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 years ago | (#41737429)

anyone remember SeaQuest DSV? ;)

Thanks, I was in the process of repurposing those neurons, now I have to start all over again.

Sound Board (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41734911)

I do not have the software but NPG, or some other group should try and use sound software to at least see or hear if you can make out exactly what NOC is trying to say!

obligatory (1)

corychristison (951993) | about 2 years ago | (#41734931)

I for one welcome our speech mimicing beluga whale overlords.

Naval cavities? (1)

Gary (9413) | about 2 years ago | (#41734959)

Whoa! Not only can he talk, but he does it through his belly button!

Re:Naval cavities? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 years ago | (#41737467)

Unsurpising on a site where everyone talks out of their arse ;)

Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (1)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about 2 years ago | (#41734993)

Across many species the ability to mimic other creatures is commonplace. In this case, the notion that the beluga was "trained" makes it difficult to assess whether there was actual comprehension of the meaning and/or purpose of the mimicked sound(s). This makes the story nothing more than a parallel to circus-trained animal stories.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735127)

Across many species the ability to mimic other creatures is commonplace. In this case, the notion that the beluga was "trained" makes it difficult to assess whether there was actual comprehension of the meaning and/or purpose of the mimicked sound(s). This makes the story nothing more than a parallel to circus-trained animal stories.

Considering NOC (the beluga) provided the stimulus and the human diver got out of the tank, I agree with you.
NOC has those divers trained like circus animals. I doubt they comprehend the beluga's pleasure at seeing them perform.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (1)

Riceballsan (816702) | about 2 years ago | (#41735231)

Agreed, though I suppose it is also worth noting, marine mammals are believed to possibly have comparably complex language system to humans. Of course similar could be said of parrots etc... while they don't have a complex language of their own, one can certainly teach parrots to identify and name hundreds of items etc... Of course teaching syntax etc... that may be more difficult, as far as I know only apes have that capability.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (4, Interesting)

tverbeek (457094) | about 2 years ago | (#41735523)

I see no reason to think from this that the beluga had any comprehension of human speech; the sounds he produced don't seem to have any real meaning, and I'm skeptical that he could have discerned any meaning in the sounds of humans talking to each other from the limited context of them.

However... given the brain capacity of the animal (greater than a simple mimic like a parrot), I do wonder whether he was actually making a crude, conscious attempt to communicate. He may have been adjusting his pitch and sounds to match what he was hearing, in much the same way that stupid humans will speak their own language with a foreign accent when trying to communicate with someone who speaks another language, or in the same way that humans will bark or meow at pets, in a playful attempt at communicating with them in their own language. That is, he may have figured out that these sounds humans make are a form of (possibly intelligent) communication – much like we figured out the same regarding whale songs – and he was trying to show that he understood that fact by making similar sounds.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (1)

0111 1110 (518466) | about 2 years ago | (#41735965)

Who are you calling a simple mimic? Parrots have been shown to understand concepts. To have the ability to generalize from concrete instances. To create abstractions. Categories. And possibly to plan for the future as well.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (2)

Kittenman (971447) | about 2 years ago | (#41736217)

Who are you calling a simple mimic? Parrots have been shown to understand concepts. To have the ability to generalize from concrete instances. To create abstractions. Categories. And possibly to plan for the future as well.

Citation needed.

In 'Broca's Brain', Carl Sagan mentioned that the great apes (uh . not us) can learn sign language and communicate with us in that shared language - even to the extent of creating phrases for 'duck' (Water-bird). Now that is understanding concepts, etc.

Parrots? I don't buy it. Yet.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41736431)

You never saw Alex?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXoTaZotdHg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_%28parrot%29

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (4, Informative)

0111 1110 (518466) | about 2 years ago | (#41736731)

Google Irene Pepperberg and Alex the African Grey. IIRC, Alex tested at about the same level as a 2 year old human.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737405)

Beautiful plumage too.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738759)

Who are you calling a simple mimic? Parrots have been shown to understand concepts. To have the ability to generalize from concrete instances. To create abstractions. Categories. And possibly to plan for the future as well.

Citation needed.

In 'Broca's Brain', Carl Sagan mentioned that the great apes (uh . not us) can learn sign language and communicate with us in that shared language - even to the extent of creating phrases for 'duck' (Water-bird). Now that is understanding concepts, etc.

Parrots? I don't buy it. Yet.

Since the ones given are not quite what you asked for, here's a better one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea
I think it was Nat Geo or the BBC, not 100%, but there was an episode where they showed these birds able to learn to solve complex problems quickly, and pass that information along to other Kea's, and to apply knowledge learned in one test configuration to another.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41739643)

You have read a book. Congrats. Now go read other books.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about 2 years ago | (#41737597)

It was actually a complex experiment from which the whale was attempting to discern if it's human servants were capable of intelligent thought.

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41741041)

The semantic framework of a whale would be too far removed to start "to make sense" in just one generation. But the fact that _he tried_ is completely awesome.

If consequences of "commands" had been strictly identical each time, it would allow the whale a structuring of memories that could have been expanded upon.

  You'll need to find a loner who's not so occupied with becoming a whale, though..

Re:Rote Mimicry vs Comprehension? (2)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 years ago | (#41737623)

You were trained to speak english by your parents, does that make you a circus animal? Do you comprehend the noises you make? Actually don't answer that, I have no way of knowing if your answer is just another trained response.that comkes from being taught that humans have "special" abilities that are not found elsewhere in the natural world.

Sounds like me when I orgasm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41734999)

Especially the end part

How are beluga formed. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735011)

How are beluga formed. How mommy whale gat pragnet.

Brutus? (1)

Camron (2592773) | about 2 years ago | (#41735043)

I wonder if this [hulu.com] will happen.

Creepy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735049)

The fact that the guy apparently thought the whale was telling him to 'get out' struck me in a faintly creepy fashion.
I just had to imagine some deep rumbling voice warning the air-breathers to leave his aquatic home.

Re:Creepy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735149)

Get out, or else...

Re:Creepy... (4, Informative)

mosb1000 (710161) | about 2 years ago | (#41735193)

I just had to imagine some deep rumbling voice warning the air-breathers to leave his aquatic home.

Beluga whales, like all marine mammals, breathe air.

Ah yes, but what else can he mimic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735053)

Can this whale copy the highest of arts?

Mariachi?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS_6-IwMPjM

Re:Ah yes, but what else can he mimic? (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 years ago | (#41735317)

He can't do Mariachi, but he's quite popular on Karaoke night at the nearby watering hole.

Bork, bork, bork! (2)

chihowa (366380) | about 2 years ago | (#41735061)

It's a swedish fish!

Re:Bork, bork, bork! (1)

Buchenskjoll (762354) | about 2 years ago | (#41738155)

You are absolutely right, except it isn't a fish, and it isn't Swedish.

Oh long johnson (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735107)

Subject says it all.

What Interests Me Is When It Stopped (3, Funny)

guttentag (313541) | about 2 years ago | (#41735195)

The outbursts began in 1984 and lasted about four years, until NOC hit sexual maturity.

If only people were like that: all talk until they hit sexual maturity and suddenly realize they don't know anything. People just keep on talking, as evidenced by the slashdot crowd, who... Oh... wait. This explains so much...

Re:What Interests Me Is When It Stopped (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41736091)

Shut up.

Re:What Interests Me Is When It Stopped (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 2 years ago | (#41736197)

It's like human children. They start off admiring and imitating their parents. Then one day upon reaching puberty they realize that parents are dorks who don't understand them.

Re:What Interests Me Is When It Stopped (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | about 2 years ago | (#41736313)

Yeah, but the whale stopped talking.

Re:What Interests Me Is When It Stopped (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737489)

You must not have teenage children...

Not a bad stunt... (1)

Millennium (2451) | about 2 years ago | (#41735237)

...but could it say "Jesus is watching you"?

It could have been worse... (1)

freeze128 (544774) | about 2 years ago | (#41741659)

"Take your filthy paws of me you damn dirty ape!"

So Let's See If I Got This Right... (5, Funny)

avgjoe62 (558860) | about 2 years ago | (#41735311)

We have a whale, another species on this planet, use human speech and the first thing he says is, essentially, "Get off my damn lawn, kid."

Re:So Let's See If I Got This Right... (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 2 years ago | (#41739653)

Best bit is whales are talking to us before we can manage to talk to them. And we think WE are the intelligent ones...

Speciesism... (2)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | about 2 years ago | (#41735333)

I think we've discovered the Alexandra Wallace of the whale world.

NOC? -- Unleash the Acronyms (3, Interesting)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41735361)

While I've spoken with many Narwhals Orating Cryptically, this is one Narratively Ostentatious Cetacean I'd really like to have a word with.

Re:NOC? -- Unleash the Acronyms (1)

dissy (172727) | about 2 years ago | (#41735741)

And here I was wondering exactly how they fit the whale into the network operation center!

Re:NOC? -- Unleash the Acronyms (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41736251)

Apparently someone had to write a Nautical Object Compression GUI interface, probably in Visual Basic.

Good for NOC (1, Interesting)

slick7 (1703596) | about 2 years ago | (#41735375)

If NOC learns to speak like a human, maybe we will be able to communicate. Just think, we can teach him to lie, cheat, steal, revel in the suffering of others. Wait until he gets a load of our politicians. GO NOC!

Re:Good for NOC (1)

infinitelink (963279) | about 2 years ago | (#41735533)

...revel in the suffering of others...

Killer whales like to torture baby seals in training their young to hunt: they are quite capable in reveling in suffering, if what looks like play (serious training, but play nonetheless) by them, when they are training young (just as we train young in "play", and enjoy it) is also "play" to them.

Re:Good for NOC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735647)

I loved how the chimp in 28 days was "tortured" by watching humans being violent. Apparently the writers didn't know chimps eat chimps from other tribes...

Re:Good for NOC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738797)

Killer whales like to torture baby seals in training their young to hunt: they are quite capable in reveling in suffering

Really, did they tell you this themselves? Look, not everything with a brain is human, or has human emotions or complex concepts like "torture" and "suffering". It's a whale, it's doing what whales do. Nature doesn't give a shit about your happy feel-good PETA bullshit, and neither does any being capable of rational thought.

Re:Good for NOC (1)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about 2 years ago | (#41735833)

Do you also hold hopes of having intelligent conversations with a parrot or mocking bird?
There's a huge difference between mimicking sounds and understanding linguistics.

Re:Good for NOC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737473)

Sadly NOC died years ago, he was never able to complete a call to Papa Johns.

Re:Good for NOC (1)

torsmo (1301691) | about 2 years ago | (#41738057)

Well, it can't bloody learn anymore. It died, in 2007.

Gehhhhht Ouuuut! (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 years ago | (#41735441)

Sure, blame it on the whale. We all know it was a poltergeist.

Current Biology (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735499)

"The outbursts — described today in Current Biology"

So apparently Current Biology's definition of current is 13-18 years ago?

New Ringtone (1)

MoonRabbit (596371) | about 2 years ago | (#41735511)

that's sure to annoy my coworkers.

Parrots: relax (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 2 years ago | (#41735575)

While the Beluga are aquatic, probably smarter, and definitely cuter than you, they are unlikely to replace you in the hearts of you pirate brethren.

Mainly because at 5.5 meters (18 feet) long and at 1,600 kg (3,500 pounds), they do not fit on the shoulder of your average pirate.

However, it is likely that the elder pirate gods, in their watery realm, prefer Beluga companions over parrots

Re:Parrots: relax (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735725)

Mainly because at 5.5 meters (18 feet) long and at 1,600 kg (3,500 pounds), they do not fit on the shoulder of your average pirate.

What's that in libraries of congress?

Re:Parrots: relax (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 2 years ago | (#41735811)

the average beluga has a vocabulary size of 6.3 picoLoCs

Re:Parrots: relax (1)

mevets (322601) | about 2 years ago | (#41735959)

| While the Beluga are aquatic, probably smarter...
Probably smarter? They learned how to speak our language before we learned theirs! Despite us unleashing an army of scientists and amusement park employees on them; we still have to use whistles, and they have figured out what we mean when we blow them.
Just imitating us? Donâ(TM)t think so - the diver thought he heard âoeGet Outâ. There was a documentary made about a house that said that to a nice family. It didnâ(TM)t end well.

Priorities! (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 2 years ago | (#41735631)

until NOC hit sexual maturity.

"Screw learning a foreign language, I wanna meet girls!"

A career in music (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41735635)

The whale's song, on repeat, fits perfectly with this:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2120659111755287021

Better than my NOC (1)

funkboy (71672) | about 2 years ago | (#41735737)

All my NOC [wikipedia.org] knows how to do is open tickets, escalate them to engineering, wake me up in the middle of the night for false alerts, and generally annoy customers.

Plus this cetacean NOC works for fish! Where can I sign up to get him on board?

Re:Better than my NOC (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#41736599)

All my NOC [wikipedia.org] knows how to do is open tickets, escalate them to engineering, wake me up in the middle of the night for false alerts, and generally annoy customers.

Plus this cetacean NOC works for fish! Where can I sign up to get him on board?

Plus this cetacean NOC works for scale! Where can I sign up to get him on board?

Do7l (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41736209)

use3 to. SHIT ON

Whale speech (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | about 2 years ago | (#41736345)

Play it backwards, and it sounds like "I buried Paul".

Sounds like (1)

PenquinCoder (1431871) | about 2 years ago | (#41736603)

Batman [youtube.com] to me.... Who gave this whale youtube access??

What we sound like to whales (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41736959)

Apparently, we sound like the adults in a Charlie Brown cartoon. Smartass cetaceans!

He was tying to say... (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | about 2 years ago | (#41737673)

"Let me out, you stupid fucks."

It's a shame the Beluga accent makes "out" sound like "eat" in English. And so the response to everything he did was to give him fish.

How is that news?! (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | about 2 years ago | (#41738365)

Dolphins, whales.. where's teh difference.

Come back when you have real fish talking.

What's with the past tense? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#41738449)

Captive Beluga Was Able To Mimic Speech

That makes it sound like he's dead.

Re:What's with the past tense? (1)

Huluvu (1371705) | about 2 years ago | (#41739261)

From TFA: “Those looking to hear NOC for themselves will have to settle for these recordings. He died several years ago.” Maybe that’s why.

Re:What's with the past tense? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#41739379)

Aww. Which does raise the question of why we're only hearing about this now...

Charlie Brown's Mom (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41742291)

who-wah wah wah whoa !

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