Why whales prefer the cello

We don’t have the answer to that, but the evidence can be seen on this amateur video of two beluga whales disporting themselves last week to the sound of a solo cello.



The video was taken by wildlife charity Explore.org on Manitoba’s Churchill River.

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  • The sounds made by humpback whales have been known since the 1960s. The sounds were discovered by Roger Payne and colleague Scott McVay. Roger Payne himself plays the cello, describing himself as a “lousy but enthusiastic amateur cellist”.

    The resemblance between whale songs and the cello has been apparent for some time. Eugene Friesen, composer and cellist, has composed “Humpback Harmony” for cello and orchestra. You can watch him play it here:

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