Outside the primate family, other mammals have shown the ability to mimic human speech patterns. Orca whales specifically were part of a recently published study proving that they can make complex, human-like speech sounds. Another whale, a beluga named Noc was found to be able to create sounds that sounded to his researchers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation like people talking inside his tank. Upon further investigation, they discovered that what they thought was the sound of people talking was actually Noc mimicking what he had heard while in captivity.
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