Beluga: Imitations of human vocal sounds (finally!)

Although it sounds to me more like singing than speaking human type words, here it is:

doo de doooo

io9 raises a good question, though: if these were recordings from 1999, why are they being released so late?

read the original article here.

Whales in Postcolonial Literature

I just finished reading “What the Whale would Tell Us” in the edited collection “Postcolonial Ecologies,” and it has some great resources.

Postcolonial Whale Novels:
THe Hungry Tide, Amitav Ghosh (2004)
Whale Rider, Witi Ihimaera (1987)
People of the Whale, Linda Hogan (2008)
The Whale Caller, Zakes Mda (2005)

Criticism:
Cosmodolphins: Feminist Cultural Studies of Technology, Animals and the Sacred, by Mette Bryld and Nina Lykke
Writing for an Endangered World, Lawrence Buell (notes a shift in environmental thinking between Carson’s “The Sea Around us” and “Silent Spring”)
Routes and Roots, Elizabeth Deloughrey (read it already, excellent)
“Situating Ecology” Anthony Vital

Films:
Whaledreamers
Whalerider

Websites:
John C. Lilly’s call to recognize the “Cetacean Nation