Look who’s talking

Very few mammals can imitate speech, but scientists in the Netherlands have found that baby seals just a few weeks old can change the pitch of their voices to make themselves heard above other noises. This suggests that seals may be the best species to help us understand the mystery of speech.

Recently, researchers at St Andrew’s University taught a seal to sing the Star Wars theme song!

Photo credit: John O’Connor

Find out more about Seals in Whizz Pop Bang 76: SURVIVING THE STONE AGE

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