Whales: What happened when a beluga tried to talk to people…. July 9, 2014 Whale News Noc, in action in 1995 (photo: US Navy) This is a fascinating story about a juvenile beluga whale who suddenly began to imitate human speech. Echo? Repeating? Higher intelligence? An attempt at communicating with people? All that….? Here’s the story about Noc, from Smithsonian.com.