Scientists in the UK have discovered that gray seals can mimic the sound of human words and songs like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and even Star Wars.
University of St. Andrews researchers in Scotland worked with three gray seals and monitored them from birth to determine their "natural repertoire".
The seals were then trained to copy the key elements of human sounds.
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Video footage of the project shows the remarkable musical talents of the seals. One of the seals named Zola copies the notes of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". Another seal copies the famous theme music of "Star Wars".
The results of the research team were published in the journal Current Biology. The study gave researchers a better understanding of the development of voice training and human language development.
Lead researcher Amanda Stansbury, now working at the El Paso Zoo in Texas, was amazed at how well the seals were copying the sounds that were played to them. "Copies were not perfect, but since these are not typical seal noises, it's pretty impressive," she said in a statement. "Our study really shows how flexible seal votes are. Previous studies have only anecdotally confirmed this. "
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The study also suggested that gray seals may be useful in studying speech disorders.  "When we find out that other mammals use their vocal apparatus in the same way we do to change sounds, we know how vocal abilities are influenced by genetics and learning, and may ultimately contribute to new ways to study speech disorders "Professor Vincent Janik of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews said in the statement.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), gray seals are found in North Atlantic coastal waters.
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