LONDON (Reuters) – Researchers in Scotland say that gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs, including "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
The study by researchers at the University of St. Andrews showed that three trained seals were able to mimic parts of popular melodies.
The research team's findings were published Thursday, including video footage of the stamps. The study gave researchers a better understanding of the evolution of vocal learning and the development of human language.
He also suggested that gray seals could be a new model for studying speech disorders, since they use their vocal traits in the same way as humans.