A white whale named Noc learned to imitate the voices of humans and may have been trying to make contact, according to scientists believe. It sounded so realistic that many divers were fooled and for the first time ever, the incredible recordings of the whale were revealed as a research team published their findings. Continue reading for the video and more information.
Speech-like sounds were never observed in the two older whales that lived with him and they were not heard from NOC when he was interacting with other whales. Observations of white whales in our care indicate that they are very vocal animals consistent with the many observations of these ‘sea canaries’ in the wild. Sadly, after 30 years at the National Marine Mammal Foundation, NOC passed away five years ago. But the sound of his voice lives on.