Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead would be happy to know that their music has begun to battle the age-old problem of interspecies fan garnering… at least as far as we can tell. According to an interview by RadarOnline done with the people over at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, their dolphins are huge Radiohead supporters. Willow Withy, host of “Yoga with the Dolphins”, observes certain behavioral changes amongst the creatures when different music is played. Withy plays a bunch of music during her Yoga sessions, and as it turns out “Lotus Flower” by Radiohead is the crowd favorite. Their next top pick is the sitar music of Anushka Shankar, daughter of the late, great, Ravi Shankar.
Once the needle hits the record, the dolphins make their way towards the window and show curiosity with what is happening in the yoga room as well as become more playful and rub up against the glass. Although Withy is just making these observations during her Yoga classes, it is backed by some scientific evidence that shows dolphins react mostly to percussive noises and has been linked to changes in mood and behavior.
Although we probably won’t be seeing any dolphins amongst the crowd at any concerts in the near future, we can rest easy knowing that we have just one more thing in common with our fellow mammals of the sea and that is that we recognize good music transcends boundaries larger than we know.