Researchers, led by a supervisor at the El Paso Zoo, have found that gray seals are able to mimic human speech and songs, including the theme tune from the movie “Star Wars.” (Scroll down for video of singing seal.)
Three young gray seals were monitored from birth to see what sounds they could make naturally, then trained to copy new sounds, according to a press release from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The university coordinated the research.
One seal, Zola, proved particularly adept at copying melodies.
She was able to copy as many as 10 notes of tunes like the “Star Wars” theme and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” (Watch singing seal in video player below.)