In a viral video, a beluga whale can be seen playing fetch with a couple near the Arctic pole. The couple who claims to be rugby fanatics were sailing on a yacht when they spotted the whale swimming next to them. When one of them throws a rugby ball into the sea the whale immediately goes and fetches the ball. The whale can also be seen going underwater when the person throws the rugby ball for the second time.
The video of the giant fish returning with the ball in its mouth has become a new internet sensation and has left netizens in awe. Here are some of the reactions:
Absolutely true. And how beautifully he turns fluorescent blue when he goes underwater. Such a delightfully playful creature.— Snort of derision (@CherryColaZing) November 7, 2019
How cute. So many movie and television plots from Zoo to the 100 say the same thing. Homo Sapiens are a plague to this planet. We really don’t deserve it.— Truth2Power (@2020NextGoal) November 8, 2019
TEARSSSS. IT'S SO CUTE— Gisel HH (@Gise198) November 8, 2019
Recently scientists have also tested a new detection method in which scientists could detect and count stranded whales from space. The new detection method using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images from space tech company Maxar Technologies to come to the conclusion. They hope that the technique will lead to real-time information as stranding events happen in the future. This could revolutionize how stranded whales, that are dead in the water or beach, are detected in remote places. The study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE by British Antarctic Survey and four Chilean research institutes.