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With the news is as distressing as it sometimes is we may all need a story like this next one the story of a singing seal n._p._r.'s danielle chesler reports on the training methods of the seal which could someday help humans this is the sound of a computer playing the star wars theme And a great feel named zone. nailed it researcher amanda stands very train zola and two other grey seal pups for a year what's new about this research is we taught the seals how to imitate new sounds stands berry says i she recorded the seals making their natural sounds and played those sounds back to the seals the seals learned that hey if i make the same noise back i'm going to get a fish next stands very played those same sounds at higher frequencies and eventually she strung a few of those notes together the first time that you hear them actually like imitate something recognizable back it just blows you away the other two seals managed to copy vowels zola moved on to twinkle twinkle little star Are. mark hamill who played luke skywalker tweeted the study writing another royalty for john williams stands berry offered the composer of the star wars theme an unusual pay off the seals might be able to share some of their fish while they're out there back in the wild that's about the only royalties that we're gonna have for john williams stands berry is now a supervisor at the zoo in texas she says other animals like birds and dolphins can also learn sounds but seals are unique because they have vocal cords that might bring a new hope to human speech therapy daniela tesla n._p._r.