Researchers Teach Seals to Sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’

Researchers Teach Seals to Sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’

Researchers have taught three young seals to sing the opening bars of the Star Wars theme and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

Zola, Janice, and Gandalf were prepared by researchers from the University of St. Andrews for a year from the season of their introduction to the world at the Scottish Oceans Institute. The seals were first taught to copy successions of their own sounds, and after that make tunes in their pitch. Human vowel sounds were later introduced to the seals, which they at that point copy.

As human-generated noise increases over the sea, realizing how seals use vocalization in the wild is significant for species conservation, as per a Gizmodo report. Since seals make their sounds using procedures just like how people talk, the study could give insights into vocal learning in warm-blooded creatures, including people.

Jessica Blair

Jessica Blair is the lead editor of Weird News Ledger. Before joining Weird News Ledger, Jessica worked as a national political reporter for Postmedia News. She has covered many political events on and off since 2006, writing for Sun Media, and producing for CTV and for CBC.

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