SETI’s 1st ‘conversation’ with a humpback whale offers insight on how to talk to E.T.

Humpback whale “conversations” provide valuable insight on how humans may one day communicate with life beyond Earth. 

Researchers from the SETI Institute, University of California Davis and the Alaska Whale Foundation recently “conversed” with a humpback whale named Twain using an underwater speaker and recorded a humpback “contact” call. Twain responded to the researchers’ call by matching the interval variations between signals of each playback call over a 20-minute period.