Cute moment that a beluga whale plays rugby with a group of South African footy fans passing a ball back & forth & # 39; at the North Pole
- Beluga whale filmed playing fetch with South African boat crew near the North Pole
- The boat had sailed in the area before the beluga whale swam to the ship
- Images showed a crew member throwing a rugby ball into the ocean
- The marine animal picked up the ball and returned it to the crew on the boat
A beluga whale was filmed passing a rugby ball back and forth with crew on a passing boat.
The whale was filmed as he approached the South African Gemini Craft boat in the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole.
A member of the boat's crew threw a rugby ball out of the whale before the talented marine animal picked it up in its mouth.
A beluga whale that has an overrun & # 39; Russian spy & # 39; is filmed while passing a rugby ball back and forth with crew on a passing boat
A crew member filmed the next game of rugby unfolding while another friend on board threw an official Rugby World Cup ball 2019 into the ocean
The animal grabbed the ball in its mouth before it swam back to the boat.
The video has been viewed more than a million times since it was uploaded to Facebook and the images have spread like wildfire across numerous sites such as Reddit.
A number of surprised people have left comments in disbelief about the skills of the whale.
& # 39; I can't believe what I see, & # 39; said a person.
Another commented: & # 39; How many people can say they have played with a beluga? & # 39;
The Gemini Crew previously sailed near the Norwegian city of Hammer fest, which recently received media coverage of a possible Russian spy swimming in its waters.
Allegedly Russia has moved a group of beluga whales to a secret Arctic base before one of the marine animals reportedly swam to Norway.
The animal comes to the surface and grabs the ball in its mouth before it swims back to the boat and releases the ball
A beluga was found around the area in April with an armor marked with & # 39; equipment from St Petersburg & # 39 ;.
The marine animal, which had the harness in front of a camera, hung around the harbor and did tricks for the locals in exchange for food, with many residents joking that he & # 39; had overrun & # 39; used to be.
Russia has rejected the claims that its & # 39; spy whale & # 39; was caught snooping on the fishing vessels of a NATO country – despite the fact that the Moscow Ministry of Defense had previously admitted to experimenting with these mammals for espionage.
A number of surprised people have left comments in disbelief about the sporting skills of the whale
Beluga whales: rugby stars from the sea
The beluga whale can be found in the Arctic and off the coast of North America, Russia and Greenland.
They miss a dorsal fin so they can easily swim under ice.
Although they are slow swimmers, they can dive up to 700 meters below the surface of the water.
There are around 150,000 beluga whales in the world.
They are opportunistic foods, which means that they have a varied diet, depending on the available food source.
Beluga whales eat octopus, squid, crabs, snails and fish.
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