"Hello!" says the human. "Hello!" pipes the orca right back.
It's not a children's movie, but an actual orca emitting human(ish) words. An international team of researchers has taught Wikie, a 14 year-old killer whale in France, to mimic certain simple bits of speech, a discovery that gives them insight into wild orca dialects.
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In all, Wikie learned six words, in addition to five orca sounds that she didn't know before.
Researchers at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile trained an orca named Wikie to mimic words like "hello," "bye-bye," and other human speech sounds. John Lilly, I wish you were around to be part of this conversation. From t...
Her head above water, Wikie the killer whale looks at the human trainer next to her pool, listens, then loudly vocalises: "Hello."
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Researchers in France have been working with an Orca that can mimic words like "hello." But the killer whale isn't exactly having a full conversation. CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips explains.