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Researchers Discover Orcas Can Imitate Human Speech

In a paper published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists report that a 16-year-old orca named Wikie was able to copy a variety of new sounds on command. The study joins a growing body of research illustrating the deep importance of social learning for killer whales. “We wanted to study vocal imitation [...]
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