Very interesting article about a Beluga whale making vocalizations very similar to human speech. The observations were recently published in Current Biology.
From the article:
The first mystery was figuring out where the sound was coming from.
When a diver at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in California surfaced saying, “Who told me to get out?” the researchers there knew they had another example on their hands.
The whales are known as “canaries of the sea” for their high-pitched chirps, but while a number of anecdotal reports have described whales making human-like speech, none had ever been recorded.
Once they identified NOC as the culprit, they caught it on tape.
Imagine if the Beluga whale is trying to vocalize “make it stop make it stop!” Nahh, this one seems to enjoy the serenade.