Playing fetch with a Beluga whale

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2019

After all, who wouldn't want to play rugby with a giddy beluga?

The bond between man and beluga whales just got a whole lot stronger.

In a video that's been viewed more than 1.5 million times on Facebook, a person can be seen throwing a 2019 Rugby World Cup ball into the Southern Ocean near the whale's direction.

South Africa won their third Rugby World Cup title last week, after stunning England 32-12 in the final at Yokohama Stadium in Japan.

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As you can see in the video, it happily goes after the ball and returns it to the crew before tossing it out again for another go.

A couple of South Africans are on a boat called the Gemini Craft in the South Pole - and thankfully they took a rugby ball with them. Twitter users have showered the video with love in the form of comments full of amazement and awe.

"Beluga Whale celebrating the Springboks victory somewhere close to the South Pole!"

They also like to play with items they find in the sea, including wood, dead fish and the bubbles they create underwater.

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