What could possibly motivate any dumb animal to learn to speak "human sounds"?--they would have much better things to do with their lives.
Furthermore if the giving of food treats is such a great learning strategy, then why isn't it used in all classrooms on the planet. I'm afraid the
time is at hand to conisder the possibility that orcas are smarter than our childtren.
Furthermore, if by any chance these "human sounds" are English, could that lead to outcries that all the other languages on the planet are being discriminated against, as in perceived that the trainors consider English as indicative of English speaking peoples as thee superior race. Just saying...
If indeed this orca has intelligence, he would be teaching his trainors to speak Orcese (or something like that) not the other way round (the Orcs could use wet kisses as a reward cause humans are suckers for affection in any form). Just saying..
I noticed when I was in Valencia last year that much of what claimed to be educational and for scientific research looed a lot like the old entertainment shows put on in Miami. Captive animals are always saddening. However, having seen the clips on the BBC it seems eager to mimic, even if it is just for food rewards.
In some ways it would be good if any animal could learn a human language, or vice versa, they might, then, be able to communicate their true feelings to us "captors".
I read that as "The talking ocra" I was expecting a little green vegetable with a mouth.
I'm going to extend orcs learning to talk to an imaginary scenario.
Suppose someone took it upon themselves to teach orcs a prayer from the [fill in the blank with a religion of your choice] religion.
Due to overhead and operating expenses, a decision was made to introduce orcs to collection baskets that it was felt that the orcs could fill with fish that would be then sold in the marketplace.
However events unfolded in a way that no one anticipated they would. The orcs, upon the very first attempt at a collection, by a consensus process, all decided to give up their new found faith and leave the church, and furthermore to forego all talking forever and ever to all homo sapiens.
Once again homo sapiens, in terms of their history repeating itself, failed miserably to be most careful of what they wished for, especially in terms of their worldview that their culture is the one and only culture that's worth anything.
I can imagine the ocra saying give peas a chance.
I think you missed the joke, Jack.
It's alright, John, I appreciated you levity.
This is a very serious subject and we should not make light of the fact that Orcas are smart enough to realise that humans have nothing to offer them than what they've had all along.
Like the bloke from social security interviewing Jackie (an old abo from beyond the Black Stump) for benefits. He asks Jackie what he wan's to do for a job
Jackie: Why would I want a Job?
SS: So you can earn money.
Jackie: Why do I want that?
SS: So you can have somewhere to live
Jackie: Why do I need that?
SS: (trying a different tack) So you can save up for retirement
SS: (getting frustrated and cutting him off) So you can sit around all day and go fishing and......
Jackie: (also getting frustrated and cuts SS bloke off) You got rocks in ya head, mate, I do that already.
Ocra (AKA Ladies Fingers)
I think I'd prefer your finger for a chocolate fountain, but here we would call that a "sponge finger".