Most animals have a form of communication, even humans! We have speech, which is usually expressed through talking and writing, but other animals have their own ways of saying hello. Birds might wake you up every morning with their own little songs as they say hi to their own friends.
One man discovered that he could talk to whales!
Whales are some of the smartest animals around. They are able to play, care for one another, and even communicate. They use a special form of communication that involves clicks, whistles, and calls. Using all three, they can talk to each other underwater!
A kayaker noticed that the local belugas would respond to him if he called out to them.
Belugas are mysterious-looking creatures. With their white skin and ghostly appearance, these awesome whales are very unique. They are sometimes called melon heads!
Singing out, the belugas slowly warmed up to the man.
Paul is a journalist who went to Canada, hoping to find wild belugas. Knowing that nobody can resist a song by Arcade Fire or Steely Dan, he got to work singing out on the water. With no initial luck, finding a beluga looked bleak.
Suddenly, Paul saw bubbles floating up to the surface of the water.
Not knowing exactly what it was, Paul started to shout! All of a sudden, the ghostly white of a beluga broke the surface of the water, showing itself to the singing journalist! His singing had finally paid off.
When the beluga started nudging the little kayak around, things looked a little scary!
No matter how brave you are, having a massive white animal shoving you around in the open ocean is probably a bit scary! Paul played it off cool, however, as his excitement was more than enough to overcome his fear. He even reaches out a few times, hoping to touch the fun animal.
The belugas seem to be playing and having fun with him.
Who knows what was actually going through the beluga’s mind, but it looked like they were having some fun playing with Paul! When they heard his singing they were probably a bit confused as to why one of their own sounded as bad as he did! Thankfully, they weren’t too offended at Paul’s bad “beluga talk” and decided to play with him anyways.
Getting a diving suit on, Paul decided to get into his new friends’ world.
Hopping into a suit and snorkel, Paul hopped in the water and started singing his tune again. Soon, the belugas showed up to join him in his singing! He would sing a few notes and they would respond with their chirping and clicking. It seems that Paul made some new friends.
There was a whole pod of the belugas that were singing along with him.
A “beluga chorus” is the best way to describe Paul’s experience! The whales are even known as the “canaries of the sea” because of their aptitude to chirp. Paul’s experience was a once in a lifetime event, to be sure.
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