February 18, 2014

Friendly Beluga whale photobombs diver's underwater - @NatGeo

The pictures were taken at a 20ft-deep pool at the Nemo dolphinarium in Odessa
This camera-loving whale is desperate to get in the frame by photobombing a snap of its friend.

The female beluga whale, called Snowball, seemed so keen to be part of the shot she kept popping up in the background.



Photographer Andrey Nekrasov, 42, captured the amusing image while taking underwater pictures of Snowball and the larger male, Ice cream.

He and his son, a videographer, were in the water with the large, sociable marine mammals for two hours.

Andrey, of Odessa, Ukraine, said: ‘They love the close contact and the attention. They are very curious creatures.


‘I did not feel any danger while diving with them, on the contrary - I was happy and relaxed.

‘When I look at this picture I smile - it looks ridiculous.

‘Belugas are very talkative, sociable and intelligent.’

Ice cream - translated from the Russian name Plombir - is around 5 metres long and Snowball - Sniezka - is about 4 metres.

The pictures were taken at a 20ft-deep pool at the Nemo dolphinarium in Odessa.

The Beluga is sometimes referred to as the sea canary due to its high-pitched twitter.


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