From Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor:

Move over, Moby Dick. Scientists have found a white whale capable of imitating human speech.

These findings, the first to show that whales can mimic the voices of humans, suggest that researchers might want to analyze other whales for similar abilities.

Beluga whales, also known as white whales, are known as "the canaries of the sea" because of how vocal they are. They are not the same kind of whale as the monstrous giant of the story "Moby Dick," which was a white sperm whale belugas are actually among the smallest species of whales.