Beluga Moves in With Dolphins, Learns Their Language

This bulbous-headed animal had to learn to fit in with her sleeker cousins.
A beluga whale exhales a bubble ring as part of a performance at the aquarium AQUAS in Hamada, 434 miles southwest of Tokyo, on July 26, 2008. Beluga whales in the Japanese aquarium have attracted thousands of visitors, not by playing with balls or hoops like other sea animals do, but by blowing bubble rings.

Belugas are vocal creatures that can speak in squeaks, squawks, cackles and clicks. They can even imitate the animals and people around them. According to , one beluga even started “speaking dolphin” after she moved into a tank with no other animals but bottlenose

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