Last week down at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, something magical happened. Scottish smallpiper Tom Leigh decided to serenade a tank of beluga whales, and three of them, Juno, Naluark and Kela, stopped to give a listen. Honestly, as much as I want these creatures to be appreciating the music, confirming a whale-human soul connection every kid who watched Free Willy has desperately wished for, I'm pretty sure these whales are silently thinking "LOL HOOMINS TURN THAT SHIT DOWN" and judging us.
Well, I'm charmed. That is really lovely. I love seeing the reactions of non-human animals to music. My cat, for example, really loves the acoustic guitar, zithers, various modes of chanting, Baroque opera, and classic jazz. A wounded screech owl that my partner and I rescued and transported to a raptor rescue seemed to enjoy Finnish accordion music but became agitated when we switched to American folk music. (Perhaps a coincidence, but I like to think it had something to do with his musical predilections.)
Here's a video of some amused cows being treated to a Dixieland Jazz concert. :)
(You can watch the whole concert, separated into two parts, here.)