Listen to This Orca Saying ‘Hello’—for Science 0

Say hello to an orca, and it might say hello back — or at least try to.

An international team of researchers, working with two orcas at an aquarium in France, have found that the whales were able to replicate the sounds of human speech, including words like “hello” and “bye-bye,” as well as series of sounds like “ah ah.”

The orcas could also imitate a human blowing a raspberry, or copy the sound of another orca, scientists say.

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