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Orchestral Musicians Bring Whales To Surface – This Video Will Take Your Breath Away

What could make music even more beautiful? These majestic giants of the sea. Here are 2 times whales and classical music met in beautiful harmony!

The cellist and an audience of beluga whales

These intrepid musicians had a whale of a time when they gave a performance at sea and the marine mammals responded to the sound and vibrations produced by the cello. Beluga whales have very specialised sense of hearing and a highly developed auditory cortex (and clearly good taste). Music and the natural world coming together – it’s a beautiful thing.

And Optus, the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, has a long association with nature so M&C Saatchi, Sydney set about exploring communication between humans and animals, specifically Humpback whales.

“Whale song is a form of communication,” says Ben Welsh, executive creative director, M&C Saatchi Sydney.

“It’s a form of communication that the scientists at The University of Queensland have been able to decipher and learn. I was intrigued by this fact and so we asked ourselves whether it would be possible to emulate a male humpback: to write our own love song and then play it, using the instruments of an orchestra? Could we serenade a humpback ourselves? Then imagine what could happened if the whales were to hear our song. We thought that would prove that when it comes to communication, anything is possible.”

Sources used: Cmuse, Classic FM

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