FILE- In this Jan. 18, 2014 photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that had been tracking the whales. The orca is from the J pod, one of three groups of southern resident killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state. The federal appeals court ruled Friday, July 15, 2016, that the U.S. Navy was wrongly allowed to use sonar in the nation's oceans that could harm whales and other marine life.
(KGTV) - Scientists recently learned that orcas are capable of mimicking human speech.
Scientists tested a 14-year-old killer whale named Wikie at the Marineland Aquarium in France.
According to the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, trainers first taught Wikie the “copy” command.
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The trainer then made sounds not previously heard by the orca and gave the signal for the whale to copy the sound.
The results? The whale correctly copied all of the trained sounds. The orca made sounds like a creaking door, a strong raspberry, a wolf and an elephant.
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Wikie also copied the trainer in saying words like hello and goodbye.
Listen to the audio in the player below: