Leopard Seal at Zoo Enjoys Jazz Music

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A leopard seal residing at the Taronga Zoo in Australia recently enjoyed being serenaded by a jazz player named Steve, who works as an elephant keeper at the facility.

Who knew seals could appreciate some soul music?

A leopard seal residing at the Taronga Zoo in Australia recently enjoyed being serenaded by a jazz player named Steve, who works as an elephant keeper at the facility.

As Steve performed, the seal named Casey went right up to the underwater viewing area and blew bubbles, obviously enjoying the tune.

The seal hovered in the same spot, watching the saxophone player work the instrument. Steve stated “I've played for my dog and I have actually played for the elephants once or twice. The elephants don't really get in our face where as Casey, he seems to be coming around, he seems to be interested.”

The jazz-playing session is part of the zoo’s “environmental enrichment program”, which aims to introduce different types of sounds and excitement into the animals’ daily lives.

Leopard seals in particular are known to respond to audible provocation. Casey serves as a perfect study subject, as he is the only Leopard seal in the world that is in human care.

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