Delighted spectators as curious dolphins make waves at Busselton Jetty’s jazz concert


Music from jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole has found a new legion of unlikely underwater fans after a pod of dolphins put on a surprise show for spectators at a southern underwater observatory -West of Western Australia.

The public watched in rapture at a concert held at Busselton Pier when a curious dolphin swam around the observatory windows and pier pylons.

The venue’s environmental manager, Sophie Teede, said it seemed the dolphin was “enjoying the music.”

She said the close encounter was a rare event, but not the first time it had happened.

“I have been working on the pier for quite some time now, and on a daily basis we hardly ever see dolphins – probably less than a handful of times in the past ten years,” Ms Teede said.

“So seeing them at the observatory on the two jazz events over the past two months is quite unusual,” she said.

Ms Teede said the dolphins were probably investigating the underwater sounds.

“The bottlenose dolphin also looked like she was pregnant, so she certainly wouldn’t have endangered herself at all,” she said.

Could dolphins be fans of jazz music?(Provided: Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit)

As to whether this indicated that the Dolphins were a jazz fan or if they would have preferred more contemporary music, Ms Teede was not sure.

“Taylor Swift could be a good choice. Maybe a little more upbeat house music? ” she laughed.

She said Busselton Jetty’s team would investigate further the impact of the sound underwater.

“We will definitely look to install other sound recorders and see what we can find there.”

Educational opportunity

Edith Cowan University associate professor Chandra Salgado Kent said the dolphins were most likely curious about jazz music.

“It looked amazing, and it looks like there are a lot of people in the room having an experience that a lot of others won’t have,” she said.

“I imagine this particular person may have been curious about the sound and came over to take a look.

“Animals are attracted or deterred for different reasons.”

Dr Chandra Salgado Kent
Chandra Salgado Kent says the dolphins were probably just curious. (Provided: Dr Chandra Salgado Kent )

She said the impacts of underwater sound on animals were not always positive.

“With boats, especially commercial fishing boats (…) dolphins can learn to go on those boats because they hear it and try to get a meal out of it,” she said.

“In these cases, it can actually put them at risk.”

Dr Salgado Kent said these events help increase awareness and education about marine life.

“I think more and more, as these types of places develop, it’s an amazing opportunity… to be able to communicate conservation messages and to give people the opportunity to experience something very unique and to experience something very special. understand a lot more about these animals., ”she said.


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