Parlor trick or first contact? Scientists believe it was the latter.
At least one Beluga whale may have been trying to make first contact with humans.
Until his death five years ago, the male Beluga known as Noc had been in contact with scientists at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego for 30 years. The leader of the whale study, Sam Ridgway, believes the only reason for Noc to go out of his way would be an attempt to cross the species language barrier:
Our observations suggest that the whale had to modify its vocal mechanics in order to make the speech-like sounds. Such obvious effort suggests motivation for contact.
Pictured above is the special device researchers built to record Noc's ramblings, along with Noc clearly "speaking" into the listening device.
Read more details of his story at The Daily Mail