Many beluga whales seem to have the gift of gab, mimicking humans around them. A study in the journal Current Biology noted that "occasionally the calls would suggest a crowd of children shouting in the distance." At Vancouver Aquarium in Canada, a beluga whale could say his name, "Lagosi."
A beluga whale at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego said the word "out," according to yet another paper in the same journal. Researchers theorize that the whale heard the word "out" so much that he simply copied it. At first, divers who serviced the whale's tank thought another person was talking nearby, until they figured out it was the beluga whale.