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Video Shows Beluga Whale ‘Dancing’ At Mystic Aquarium Wedding

Juno, a beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium, "dances" to the music of a mariachi band. (credit: YouTube)

Juno, a beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium, “dances” to the music of a mariachi band. (credit: YouTube)

MYSTIC, Conn. (CBSNewyork/AP) – Everyone likes to dance at a wedding and apparently, so do whales.

A beluga whale named Juno joined in during the festivities at the July wedding of Kimberly Mikenis and Kevin Van Aelst at Mystic Aquarium.

In a video taken by wedding guest Bill Kurtz, Juno can be seen “dancing” to the music of a mariachi band, bobbing his head up and down and swaying back and forth.

Watch the video below:

The video has become an internet hit, but Mystic Aquarium senior trainer Kelly O’Neil says the 1,200-pound beluga has been trained to bob in response to certain arm movements, and was apparently responding to the movements of the band’s guitar player.

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O’Neil says the whale’s apparent interest in the wedding was probably due to the music’s vibrations, those physical cues and the whales’ natural curiosity.

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