Creation: Killer whale counts up to 3 and says ‘hello’

The killer whale or orca is a marine mammal belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are apex predators, as there is no animal that preys on them. They can be found in each of the world’s oceans in a variety of marine environments, from Arctic and Antarctic oceans to tropical seas.

Killer whales are highly social and notable for their complex societies. Only elephants and higher primates, such as humans, live in comparably complex social structures. Killer whales have the second-heaviest brains among marine mammals (after sperm whales, which have the largest brain of any animal). They can be trained in captivity and are often described as intelligent, although defining and measuring “intelligence” is difficult in a species whose environment and behavioral strategies are very different from those of humans.

Like all cetaceans, killer whales depend heavily on underwater sound for orientation, feeding, and communication. They produce three categories of sounds: clicks, whistles, and pulsed calls.

Alexandra Ma reports for Business Insider, Jan. 31, 2018, that Wikie, a 16-year-old female orca at a marine park in Antibes, France, is the first of its kind to mimic human speech.

Wikie has learned how to count to three; say “hello,” “bye bye,” and “Amy” (the name of her trainer); shriek, and blow raspberries. She made these sounds while partially submerged, with her blowhole — the human equivalent of a nose — exposed to the air.

Killer whales typically live in groups in the sea and develop their own dialects. They’re also one of the few animals in the world — alongside dolphins, beluga whales, and parrots — that can mimic the sounds of other creatures, such as dolphins and sea lions. (The Guardian).

Dr. Jose Abramson, who led a scientific study on Wikie, said that Wikie might even be able to hold basic conversations in the future:

“It’s conceivable… if you have labels, descriptions of what things are. It has been done before with a famous grey parrot and dolphins using American sign language; sentences like ‘bring me this object’ or ‘put this object above or below the other.'”

Here’s a video of Wikie saying “hello” and other human words:


12 responses to “Creation: Killer whale counts up to 3 and says ‘hello’

  1. Says hello and counts to three. Hmmm… he must be a Liberal


  2. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    How about some whale brain transplants for Schumer, Pelosi, and Maxine Watters?


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  3. Thanks Doc a story that has nothing to do with hate, politics, death or the stupidity of the masses. A story you can enjoy with out getting angry insulted or have to listen to hate talk, »THANK YOU«.

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  4. Now how do we get the orca to compete on “Jeopardy!”? This is cute, and it’s important. I don’t believe in animal rights, but man has no right to hunt any animal into extinction. If these killer whales can be trained, maybe they can lead fisherman to better catches? Maybe they can be trained to help in search and rescue missions?
    President Trump should make it clear to the Japanese that we will no longer tolerate whaling of any sort: It is a SIN to hunt a whale and inflict a painful and grotesque death upon it, all so it can be sold for dog food!

    (In the meantime, the death of the Pacific Ocean due to Fukushima continues….)

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    • Surely, Steven, you’ve not forgotten St Francis, who was able to have two way communication w/all the animals he encountered, and the many anecdotes how even a formerly angry & vicious animal would be quiet and calm in his presence? This was attested to many times when it happened, so it’s not ‘after the fact’ stuff.

      Animals, most especially the ones we make our companions –or I should better say, ‘allow us to be their companion’– are intimately entwined in all our lives. But we also consume them as part of our ‘normal’ diets, even though not a single animal species has humankind as part of its ‘normal’ diet!

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      • I have read your comment and remembered the great St. Francis of Assissi, and my late mother had a similar charism: She could get birds to eat from the palm of her hand. Not all the time, of course, but a good deal of the time.
        Although I know the Trappist monks (as well as other orders) used to be vegetarian (except when hospitalized), I am not a vegetarian, for these reasons. First, WE are at the apex of the animal kingdom: God Commanded Adam to name all the animals. If anyone is going to tell me that a chicken, a frog, or even a chimpanzee has the equivalent ability and breadth and scope of cognition that a human being has, I am going to intellectually deconstruct that sentimental sap in short order: WE ALONE can abstract principles and reason, and we can do so BEYOND sense knowledge.
        Second, carnatine, an amino acid, is essential to good health and nutrition. Paul McCartney tried, some years back, to market vegetarian pet food, and he lost a lot of money. Why? Cats and dogs, as examples, need meat in their diet or they will die. Maybe a human can survive as a vegetarian, but, ultimately, his health will suffer. I have heard that “vegetarians live longer,” and I believe it is a myth.

        As far as your comment on animals “not making humans a part of their diet,” I would remind anyone, politely, of course, that some certain LIONS in Ancient Rome made Christians a part of THEIR diet. If you think a wolf, a big cat or a bear won’t attack a person and eat them, these attacks happen several times a year throughout the world.

        God gave us animals for our entertainment, our sense of wonderment, our companionship, and, Yes, for food. I am a proud meat-eater, and “veggie burgers” are an oxymoron to me!


  5. While living in SanDiego a friend of the family worked at Sea World and gave us a back of the scenes tour, We got to watch one big guy play fetch, by retrieving a rock the size of a quarter and bring it back to us. We got to pet his tongue, which he loved. All of the killer Whales we a sight to see, but we were told to keep in mind just how dangerous they are and indeed, there have been some deaths of trainers by their whales. It was heart rendering.
    Activist has pretty much got them shut down here so I am very happy someone is still keeping an eye on them for they are very intelligent. Wilkie seems to be thriving in his learning.
    A few years back we got to travel to Assisi and what a visit. I felt St Francis there. I would have loved to sit down with him and have a conversation. The stories and pictures depicting his life are wonderful. I would return in a minute,

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  6. Too cool! Thank you for sharing this, Dr. Eowyn! ♥

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  7. I love this community but I urge you all to read “Death at SeaWorld” – absolutely harrowing.
    If you are compassionate to animals it is a “must-read”.
    Not only is it a horror story on animal welfare but it is a damning commentary on Big Business especially huge multinats like BlackStone Group who have no moral compass at all.

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