Watch: Flute player summons whale from the depths

Watch: Flute player summons whale from the depths


norman lebrecht

July 21, 2016

From Viviana Guzman, self-styled Flute Queen:

I play my flute for the whales, and they come! I was paddle boarding in Half Moon Bay, CA when all of the sudden a juvenile humpback leaped out of the water and lunge fed RIGHT NEXT TO ME!


Viviana is founder and artistic director at the San Francisco Flute Society & Festival.


  • BillG says:

    It appeared to be a coincidence. The whale was breaching after coming up through a school of fish. It’s part of a this type whale hunting methods as best I can tell from video. Note also sea birds in background which hang around feeding whales to join in on the feast.

  • John Borstlap says:

    It could also be a protest against the terribe drum beat put under the meagre flute tones.

  • Bruce says:

    She doesn’t seem to be playing the flute in this video.